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Get an Animal License

Licenses for Pet Owners

  • Animal license tags are available for dogs and cats.
  • License tags are required for all dogs over four months of age. The dog must be registered with Miami-Dade County and wear the tag at all times.
  • Tags are available for cats, but they are not required. Since cats are clever enough to take off their collars, a microchip is recommended instead of a tag.

Animal Business Licenses

Anyone who conducts a business that deals with animals in Miami-Dade County must obtain their license from Animal Services. Animal Services issues four types of business licenses depending on your needs. We have a groomer, hobby breeder, pet store and kennel license.

  • License Tag Look Up

    Now it is easy to check the expiration of your license tag by just putting in the full tag number along with the first letter. The tag will have a letter followed by six numbers.

    If you find a dog, you can also look up the owner's information by putting in the license tag information.

  • How to purchase a tag

    Purchase a dog license (tag):

    • Pet Adoption and Protection Center
    • Your local veterinarian’s office
    • Any one of the 311 Service Centers-only accept personal check, cashier's check or money order
    • Through the mail-make check payable to Miami-Dade Animal Services

    You are not able to purchase or renew your dog's license online.

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Animal Businesses' License Requirements

    Lists the basic requirements for licensing kennels, breeders, pet dealers, pet care centers and hobby breeders. Citation - 5-13

    Additional Restrictions on Animal Sales

    Adds restrictions on the sale of rabbits, fowl and turtles. Citation - 5-12

    Animal Businesses' Pit Bull Signs

    All animal businesses must post a sign in English, Spanish and Creole about the danger of pit bulls. Citation - 5-17.7

Phone Number(s)

Email / Mail

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    Monday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed on County holidays
  • North Dade Justice Center

    15555 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
    Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed 1 hour for lunch
  • South Dade Justice Center

    10710 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189
    Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed 1 hour for lunch
  • Herbert S. Saffir Permitting and Inspection Center

    11805 SW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33175
    2nd Floor Kiosk
    Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed 1 hour for lunch