All You Need To Know About Getting A Pet License In Fullerton

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Do You Have a Pet License in Fullerton, California?

Just like many other U.S. cities, a Fullerton license for your pet is required by law. Without one, you run the risk of having to pay fines and penalties.

Even worse, it's harder to find a beloved pet that gets lost if it isn't registered. It's not always easy to get a pet license in California, especially since requirements can vary between each city and county. You're free to acquire a on your own, but rest assured that there's an easier backup plan.

Why Do I Need to Register My Pet in Fullerton?

A pet license isn't just a certificate of ownership. Since your phone number is probably on the registration tag, anyone who finds your lost pet already has your contact information.

If you can't be reached, the tag will always have the number of the OC Animal Care office staff. They can hold your pet at a shelter until you can be contacted, or drop the animal off at your home!

Additionally, the fees collected from pet licenses go towards animal services in your community. This includes adoption events, pet education or training, spay/neuter programs, and animal cruelty investigations.

When Fullerton residents get a dog, they need to have it registered within 15 days. If you have a cat, licensing is optional.

How Do You Get a Pet License in Fullerton?

Proof of rabies vaccination is required to get a pet license for your dog. OC Animal Care also needs to know if your pet has been spayed or neutered.

The cost of the license will depend on your pet's age, species, and sterilization status:

Standard License Fees
Spayed/Neutered Dog$51
Unaltered Dog$159
Puppies Aged 4-6 Months$51
ADA Assistance Dogs$11
Unaltered or Spayed/Neutered Cats$9
Late Fee (Per Dog)$48
Replacement Tag$9
Transfer Fee$9

Both dog and cat licenses need to be renewed on a yearly basis. Senior citizens or military persons can provide proof of their special statuses to receive discounted rates.

There are two ways to get a Fullerton pet license:

  • Register Your Pet Online

You can get a new license or renew an existing one here. Be prepared to provide your proof of age and the rabies vaccination documents for each pet.

  • Print and Deliver the Licensing Form

Print this licensing form and mail it to the OC Animal Care office. You'll also have to include a check or money order either in the letter.

Pet owners who want to pay a lower fee might want to spay or neuter their pets before applying for a license. However, those procedures also cost money and add even more steps to the licensing process. Depending on how busy a spay/neuter clinic might be, you may not even get an appointment anytime soon.

Additionally, your application can be delayed if you don't have proof of your animal's rabies vaccination. OC Animal Care won't accept veterinary receipts as proof of vaccination or sterilization services.

If you send the form by mail, it explicitly says that any documentation (including rabies certificates) won't be returned to you. This could cause a potential headache if you plan to move out of state and need a new pet license!

Even with every intent to license, pet owners often get mixed up in all the tedious paperwork and accidentally accrue penalties. If you fail to renew your dog's license when it expires, you'll be charged $48 per dog.

If your account is past due for too long, you'll be charged an additional collections fee of $58. If that one remains unpaid, an Animal Control officer will charge you a non-compliance fee of $112.

In extreme cases, failure to renew your pet license can have it completely revoked. Fortunately, the city of Fullerton cannot revoke your pet license without a formal hearing. Even if your pet license gets terminated, DoNotPay can help you get a new one fast!

Save Time on Fullerton Pet Licenses Using DoNotPay

Whether you live in Fullerton, LA County, or Orange County, DoNotPay can assist with licensing your pet anywhere in the Golden State. If you want to get a Fullerton Pet license and don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered 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 file the application on your behalf.

DoNotPay is the easiest way to get a pet license anywhere for three reasons:

1. No more worrying about late fees - DoNotPay submits your request in moments!

2. No second-guessing if you did everything right - DoNotPay lays out the process in simple terms!

3. With DoNotPay, your application gets sent to the right people every time.

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