Pet Licensing


License Online

In an effort to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), City of Fremont facilities, including the public lobby of the Tri-City Animal Shelter,  are closed. If your pet is due for a license renewal or you need a new license please pay the associated fees online or by mail; we cannot process licenses in person at this time. If your pet’s rabies vaccination is no longer current, please renew your pet’s license anyway. The license will be marked temporary until a new rabies vaccination has been completed. While we won’t be able to provide a tag without a current rabies vaccination, you will avoid late fees. When the Shelter in Place order is lifted you can get your pet’s rabies vaccination and e-mail or mail the certificate to update your records. We will send you an updated certificate and tag (if required). If you have a question, please e-mail us at

Online Pet Licensing is not available from 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM Pacific Time.  

For license information for residents in our contract cities, please visit:

License by Mail

Encloses a Rabies Certificate, and your check payable to the City and mail to:
City of Fremont
P.O. Box 5006
Fremont, CA 94537-5006

License at Shelter

You may license in person Wednesday and Saturday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Please call 510-790-6644 or e-mail with any questions about your pet's license.

In order to process your license the following will be required:

  • A current rabies certificate valid for the entire length of the license
  • A certificate of sterility if your pet has been spayed or neutered (altered).
  • Payment - the shelter accepts cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.

License Requirements

If you are a City of Fremont resident, your dog or cat is required to be licensed within 30 days of:

  • Acquiring a cat or dog that is over four months old.
  • A cat or dog turning four months old.
  • Moving to Fremont with a cat or dog.
  • The expiration of a pet license.

There is a $10 penalty charged if cats and dogs are not licensed within these time frames.

Veterinarians are required by City Ordinance to report rabies vaccinations to the City Licensing Authority. Pet owners are required to update the licensing department if the animal is deceased, lost, given away, or no longer in Fremont. Failure to license will result in citations.

If your veterinarian determines your pet should not receive a rabies vaccination for medical reasons, documentation is required and you must still license the pet.

Licensing Fees

Duration Unaltered Pet Altered Pet
1 Year $25 $12
2 Years $35 $17
3 Years $42 $21

Proof of spay or neuter is required to receive the discount. Pet owners presenting a receipt from a veterinarian clinic or municipal animal shelter for prepayment of a spay or neuter operation for their pet will be allowed to purchase a one year license at the spay/neuter rate. Senior citizens 60 and over, providing proof of age, receive a 10% discount on a one, two, or three year license. Pet owners presenting evidence of qualification for the CARE Program or California LifeLine Service are eligible for free pet licenses as long as the pet is spayed or neutered.

California law requires the rabies vaccination to be effective during the entire licensing period. Puppies' and kittens' first rabies vaccination is good for one year only. Therefore, your puppy's or kitten's first license will be issued for one year only.

License fees are not pro-rated regardless of the month acquired. Two or three year pet licenses are purchased by pet owners at a reduced fee at their option and, therefore, are not refundable in whole or in part, nor will credit be allowed toward licenses for other pets. A current pet license from another jurisdiction in California may be transferred to Fremont for a $6 fee.