Regular Dog License


Dog license tags provide identification information needed to return your dog if it is lost. If you don't have a license for your dog, apply today. It could prevent an expensive stay at the Animal Control Center, and even save your dog's life. Saint Paul only licenses dogs residing within the City limits.

If your dog has been declared a Potentially Dangerous Dog, go to Potentially Dangerous Dog License.

If your dog has been declared a Dangerous Dog, go to Dangerous Dog License.

Dog License Details

Application Requirements

Dog License Requirements

You must submit the following:

  • Fully completed Dog License Application
  • Required fee (see Dog License Fees below)
  • Written proof from a vet if the dog has been altered (spayed or neutered)
  • Proof of current anti-rabies vaccination

Lifetime License Additional Requirements

If you are applying for a Lifetime License, you must also submit the following:

  • Copy of current anti-rabies certificate (including the date of the vaccination, expiration date, and name of clinic where the vaccination was done)

  • Copy of microchip implantation paperwork (including brand name, chip number, date of implant, and name of clinic where the implant was done)

If separate veterinarians were used for the above services, statements from all will be necessary.

Service Dog Lifetime License Additional Requirements

If you are applying for a Service Dog Lifetime License, you must also submit a copy of the Certificate of Training. A microchip is not required, but the information will be recorded if the implant paperwork is submitted.

Code Requirements

License Required

All dogs over three months of age must be licensed. A license is required if the dog is owned, harbored, kept, or maintained for three consecutive days or more in Saint Paul.

No License Required

No license is required for the following:

  • Dogs whose owners are temporarily within the City
  • Dogs brought into the City for the purpose of participating in any dog show

License Regulations

Licenses are not transferable to a new owner or another dog. Only three dogs are allowed in a household without a Keeping of Animals Permit. See Chapter 200 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for additional information about dog license requirements.

Expiration and Renewal

Annual (One Year)Dog Licenses

Dog licenses are good for one year. They expire the last day of the month, one year from the month first issued. Renewal invoices are sent annually.

Lifetime Dog Licenses

Lifetime licenses are good for the lifetime of the dog, as long as it is owned by the applicant while living in Saint Paul. Reminder letters (no payment due) are sent whenever the rabies vaccination is expiring and must be updated

Dog License Fees

Dog License Fees in Saint Paul
Description Unaltered Amount (per dog) Altered Amount (per dog)
Regular License (owner under 62 years old) $57.00 $11.00
Senior License (owner 62 years old or older) $28.00 $5.00
Regular Lifetime License (owner under 62 years old) $67.00 $34.00
Senior Lifetime License (owner under 62 years old) $34.00 $18.00
Service Dog Lifetime License (ADA Approved) $0.00 $0.00
Replacement Dog Tag $5.00 $5.00

Replacement Dog Tags

Required Information

The following information will be required for a replacement dog tag:
Payment (see Dog License Fees above)
Mailing address
Name of the dog for which the tag is needed

Obtaining a New Tag

If a replacement tag is needed, please send your request to:

Saint Paul Animal Control Center
1285 Jessamine Ave., W
Saint Paul, MN 55108

You may also get a replacement tag in person at the DSI Main Office or the Animal Control Center.

The original tag will be canceled and a new one issued.


For more information, contact DSI at 651-266-8989, email the DSI Message Center, or contact Animal Control at 651-266-1100.