Everything You Need to Get a Pet License in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

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Get Your Furry Friend a Pet License In Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Bringing home a new pet is an exciting life milestone. You have made sure to pick up all the necessary food and supplies. Perhaps you have even set up the first vet visit. However, you may not realize that the majority of states in the US require you to have a pet license.

One of the first things you should do after bringing home a new pet is to research pet registration in your city or county. This guide will walk you through the process for getting a in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, and we'll show you how DoNotPay's pet licensing product can help.

Reasons To Get Your Pet Licensed

Besides being required by law, there are many benefits to having a pet license. Pet licensing is an easy and inexpensive way to make it easier to find your pet if they get lost. It also ensures that they are properly spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Additionally, your license fees help support local animal shelters.

All cats, dogs, and ferrets over four months old require a pet license in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding areas.

How Do I Get My Pet License?

If you live in Charlotte, Mint Hill, Pineville, or any unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County, you must license your pet with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Licensing. The process can be somewhat of a hassle and, aside from their license fees, very little helpful information is included on their website.

Currently, you have these options to file for a pet license:

  • Online Application - The online application for a pet license can be completed by creating an account with PetData, a third-party company that the City of Charlotte uses to manage its animal licensing department. You will need to give them your personal information and upload a few documents, including a current rabies certificate to complete the application online. There is a $2 transaction fee in addition to the regular licensing fees.
  • Apply by Mail - The animal control department also allows you to return the application by mail, but this option requires that you have access to a printer. You must then fill out and mail the application manually. Because mail tends to be a slower option, this could result in late fees, particularly if you are renewing an existing pet license.

How Much Does It Cost To License a Pet In Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Fortunately, it is relatively inexpensive to apply for a pet license. The licensing fees for an animal license in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are as follows:

  1. Licenses for unaltered animals (pets that have yet to be spayed or neutered) are $30 for a one-year license. The cost is higher for unaltered animals than it is for fixed animals to promote sterilization and reduce animal overpopulation. If your pet is unaltered for obedience or confirmation show reasons, you will be required to provide proof of participation in at least three nationally recognized shows.
  2. Spayed/neutered pets have two license options: $10 for a one-year license or $25 for a three-year license.
  3. If you are a senior over 62 years old, you can license your pets for free.

After obtaining your first pet license, you are required to renew that license every one or three years, depending on which option you have paid for. A pet license that is 30 days past its renewal date will receive a $10 late fee. Additionally, if you lose your pet license tag, a replacement tag can be requested for a $2 fee.

License Type1 Year Fee3 Year Fee
Unaltered Animal License$30n/a
Spayed/Neutered Animal License$10$25
Spayed/Neutered Pet for owner aged 62+FreeFree
Late Fee$10
Replacement Tag Fee$2

Can My License Be Revoked?

The City of Charlotte has the right to refuse or revoke any animal license under its jurisdiction. If your pet license has been revoked, you have the right to contest the decision. Not only can DoNotPay help you apply for a pet license, but we can also appeal a revoked license on your behalf and help you get your pet license reinstated.

How DoNotPay Can Help

Looking for an easier way? If you want to save time registering your pet in Charlotte-Mecklenburg using DoNotPay but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 6 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Pet Licenses product on DoNotPay.
  2. Enter the county or city you are looking to register your pet in.
  3. Tell us more about your pet, including the breed, gender, whether they are spayed/neutered, approximate age, and more.
  4. Upload evidence documents that prove that your pet has been spayed/neutered (if applicable) and a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate.
  5. Enter your contact information, including email, address, and phone number.
  6. Complete your application by paying the license processing fee, so we can apply on your behalf.

Why Use DoNotPay To Get a Pet License in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Trying to apply for a pet license when you would rather be playing with your new pet can be frustrating and confusing. DoNotPay is here to make the process faster, easier, and more successful. Whether you are in Charlotte, NC, or across the country in California, we can take care of the entire pet license application process for you, including renewals and replacement tag requests.

DoNotPay works across many industries and with many different companies to manage all kinds of online applications and subscriptions. Our goal is to solve problems and offer solutions that help make your life easier. In addition to providing help in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, we can also help you get a pet license in other areas across the country:

While you have several options to obtain a pet license, only DoNotPay can guarantee you speed, ease, and security.

  • Speed - DoNotPay takes minutes to set up, and after you've selected recurring payments you never have to worry about missing a bill ever again.
  • Ease - Both the app and website were built with clarity and convenience in mind.
  • Security - DoNotPay keeps your data private, so you never have to wonder if a payment will go missing or some other third party will have access to your private financial information.

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