License Your Pet

FAS_metalhearttag_websiteA 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 each year. 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 now offer discounted services and special deals to those who license their pets. Deals change monthly, so check back often!

Current Licensing Perk: If you license your pet (new or renewal), you will receive up to 25% off dog collars and leashes sold at the Shelter!

  • If your pet is currently licensed, 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).

New/Renew/Update Your Pet’s License


Licensing Locations

To register your pet in person, visit any pet licensing site – there are nearly 50 in our community!

View Licensing Locations



Licensing Clinics

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.

View Licensing Clinics

Tag Lookup

Did you find a lost pet wearing a Jeffco pet license? Using the tag number, you can search for the owner’s contact information:

Look Up a Tag Number



More Information

Annual registration fees

A license is only $15 per year if your pet is spayed or neutered (or $30 per year if your pet is unaltered).

Foothills Animal Shelter offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Click here to learn more.

RABIES vaccination

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.

Contact Us

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.

How smart is your dog?

Click to listen: Licensing Public Service Announcement

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.