A license not only helps get your lost pet home, it also supports Foothills Animal Shelter so we can continue to give life-saving care to thousands of homeless animals yearly. This program is brought to you in partnership with your local animal control and management agencies.
- A license is required for all dogs over the age of 4 months in unincorporated Jefferson County or the cities of Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster or Wheat Ridge.
- You may also voluntarily register cats and other pets. Licenses must be renewed each year.
We’ve set a goal to get 50,000 pets licensed this year and we’re currently at 35,600. You can help us reach our goal by licensing your pet today!
Licensing Fee Change
On November 1, 2015, annual pet licensing fees in Jefferson County shifted from $15 for altered pets and $30 for unaltered pets to a $20 flat rate (altered or unaltered). This fee was decided in hopes that more unaltered, lost dogs can get back home safely. This is the first adjustment in pet licensing fees in seven years. Licensing fees not only go to help lost pets get home safely, but now also to help provide life-saving care to the more than 9,300 homeless pets that enter Foothills Animal Shelter each year from the community.
We offer discounted special deals to those who license their pets. If you license your pet (new or renewal), you will also receive a discounted microchip fee of $20! Click here for details.
- Your pet licensing fee helps support Foothills Animal Shelter, where thousands of homeless pets are cared for each year.
- Also, you can be contacted immediately if your missing pet is found. In many cases, our animal control partners bring your pet directly home.
- As a responsible pet owner, you avoid receiving a fine for having an unlicensed dog.
License & Update
Click the link below to register for a new pet license, renew your pet’s existing license or update your contact information or your pet’s information (such as a change in address, if you no longer own your pet, or if your pet has passed away).
To register your pet in person, visit any pet licensing site – there are nearly 50 in our community!
Pet owners can visit walk-in clinics held at various times and dates throughout our community. These clinics also offer affordable vaccination services (bring your pet’s vaccination records to help us better serve you). A current rabies vaccination is required to license.
Did you find a lost pet wearing a Jeffco pet license? Using the tag number, you can search for the owner’s contact information:
Annual registration fees
A license is only $20 per year for spayed/neutered or unaltered pets.
On November 1, 2015, annual pet licensing fees in Jefferson County shifted from $15 for altered pets and $30 for unaltered pets to a $20 flat rate (altered or unaltered). This fee was decided in hopes that more unaltered, lost dogs can get back home safely. This is the first adjustment in pet licensing fees in seven years.
Foothills Animal Shelter offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Click here to learn more.
To obtain a pet license, you must present a current rabies vaccination certificate.
Is your pet due for a rabies vaccine? Weekly clinics are held at Foothills Animal Shelter and throughout our community. Click here for details and a clinic schedule.
PetData, located in Texas, is Foothills Animal Shelter’s licensing partner. They focus solely on the administration of animal licensing programs for municipalities and animal welfare agencies throughout the United States. Questions about pet licensing? Call: 303.278.7577
If you have found a pet with a license tag labeled Jeffco License or Jeffco Lic, please click here to search its license tag number.
Do you know where your pet is?
Does your pet have a built-in compass? Would you know where to find your pet should it get lost? Click below to watch.
The second video features the Behrens Family and their dog Topay, a Foothills Animal Shelter alum. Big thanks to the Behrens Family and the City of Lakewood KLTV8 for donating their time and talent.