California law requires each dog older than three months to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed before it is five months old. If your dog is more than five months old, you have 30 days to get your dog licensed after you obtain it or bring it into California. Dog owners who fail to comply with rabies vaccination or licensing requirements are subject to costly penalties.

  • The rabies vaccine is highly effective, which is important in our area where there is a threat of rabies from wildlife.
  • Your dog’s first rabies vaccination is good for one year and subsequent vaccinations last three years.
  • All pot-bellied pigs are also required to be licensed.
  • Your dog’s city license tag must be securely fastened to the dog’s collar or harness and must be worn by the dog at all times. This identifies your dog and ensures it has been vaccinated against rabies.
  • Lost dogs wearing license tags can be quickly reunited with their owner, which reduces the stress on dogs and their humans!

Owners must present a current Rabies Vaccination Certificate to license their pet.  Rabies certificates must have a minimum of 6 months remaining in order to purchase a license and the license period shall not extend beyond the remaining period of validity for the current rabies vaccination. In order to receive the “Altered” fee structure, proof must be provided.

License Fees

Licensing Fees:

1 year

2 year

3 year









Tag Fee: $6.00*

*Tag Fee applies to first time purchase of City License.  It is a forever tag. Should you lose your City License Tag, a replacement may be purchased.

Licenses can be purchased in Person

Grass Valley Animal Control Shelter
556B Freeman Lane
Grass Valley, California 95945
Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday 11:30am – 4:30pm

Licenses purchased by Mail

* Send check & self-addressed stamp envelope – MUST include rabies certificate. Please call for pricing questions, (530) 477-4630.

City of Grass Valley – Animal Control
125 E. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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