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License Your Pets

Love ‘em, License ‘em…. 

Any pet owners that license their pets during the Covid-19 emergency proclamation will have all late fees waived. Pet owners will also not have to provide proof of rabies vaccination if they do not have it available at the time of licensing. These temporary changes are to help make it easier for people to license their pets during this challenging time.

pet license tagBy law, all dogs and cats twelve weeks old and older owned by Kirkland residents must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Licenses expire after one year and must be renewed on or before the date of expiration.

Pet licenses provide identification if a family pet is lost and allow a quick reunification once the animal is found. If your pet is found and has a license, our Animal Control Officer will attempt to reunite you with your pet immediately, so you don’t have to go to the animal shelter to pick it up. The fees collected from pet licenses go directly into Kirkland’s Animal Services Program to provide service, education and enforcement.

Kirkland pet owners have three different options available to obtain a license, making it easier than ever to license your pet: 

Pet Data LogoTo license online, go to Pet Data and select “License Now”. Then click “Online.” You can license multiple pets at the same time and easily upload required documents. All major credit cards are accepted, and a small convenience fee will apply per transaction.


By Mail
To license by mail, simply download and complete the application (available online from Pet Data), proof of spay/neuter if applicable, rabies certificate and proof of owner’s age if a senior citizen. Paperwork will not be returned. Mail the documents with your check or money order made payable to City of Kirkland (please do not send cash), to:

Kirkland Pet Licensing 
c/o PetData 
PO Box 141929 
Irving, TX 75014-1929

License In Person:
Bring a current rabies certificate, proof of spay/neuter, proof of owner's age if applicable, and payment (check, money order made payable to City of Kirkland, or cash) to:

  • Kirkland City Hall
    123 5th Ave
    Mon. thru Fri. 8am to 5pm (excluding holidays)
    * credit cards are also accepted at City Hall
  • or Kirkland Justice Center
    11750 NE 118th St
    Mon. thru Fri. 7am to 5pm (excluding holidays)
    * currently, credit cards are not accepted at KJC
  • pet license tag at counter

Required Paperwork

  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required. If you have previously been licensed with Regional Animal Services of King County and your rabies vaccination on file is still valid, you don’t have to upload the certificate. If the rabies vaccination has expired, you must upload this document. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.
  2. Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for services is required if the pet has been altered since the last licensing period and you are applying for the lower spayed/neutered license fee.
  3. Proof of age is required to receive the discounted fees for senior citizens age 65 and over.

Your paperwork will not be returned to you, so please retain a copy of your documents for your records.

License Fees

Standard License Fees1-Year2-Year
Unaltered Pet $60.00 $120.00
Spayed/Neutered Pet $30.00 $60.00
Juvenile Pet < 6 Months Old $15.00 Not Available
Senior citizens age 65 and over with spayed or neutered pet $15.00 $30.00


Other FeesPrice
Replacement Tag $5.00
Late Fee / 45-90 days $15.00
Late Fee / 90-135 days $20.00
Late Fee / >135 days $30.00


The cost for licensing unaltered or fertile pets is higher than for licensing spayed or neutered pets in order to promote sterilization and to reduce pet overpopulation. Download pet license application here.

Due Date

Payment for your license is due upon expiration of your current license. King County license tags are valid through the date of license expiration, and will be replaced with a City of Kirkland license tag upon the first renewal with Kirkland. Once you receive your pet's Kirkland tag, please remove and dispose of the King County license tag.

A late fee is added to the license fee if your license is not purchased within 45 days of the license expiration date and increases at 90 days and 135 days.  

Stray Unlicensed Pets may be subject to a fine