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Ventura County Animal Services has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced pet licensing experience for residents!  Your pet’s license now includes DocuPet’s free HomeSafeTM 24/7 lost pet service and designer license tags with personalization options.

When you license your pet with VCAS, you will receive a unique license tag to attach to their collar.  Our new licensing process with DocuPet allows residents to select a standard license tag at no additional charge or upgrade to one of DocuPet’s colorful designer tag styles for an additional fee.  (DocuPet donates 20% of every designer tag purchase to VCAS through DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund!)

Each DocuPet tag, standard or designer, doubles as a pet’s official license and comes equipped with the HomeSafeTM 24/7 lost pet service, which relies on a dedicated full time dispatch staff and linked pet profiles to help get lost pets home quickly.

Visit to license your pet now and browse hundreds of license tag styles.

How to License

License Online:  Purchase or renew your pets’ license by visiting  This easy-to-use online licensing service provides a quick and seamless way to license your pet from the comfort of your own home.

License Over The Phone:  To license over the phone, please call 1-877-239-6072.

License U.S. Mail:  To license by mail, simply mail a copy of your pet’s current rabies certificate and any other applicable documentation, along with your check payable to:

15 Technology Place, Suite 1
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Upgrade to DocuPet

If your pet is currently licensed but you have an old aluminum or PetHub tag, click here to upgrade to one of DocuPet’s designer tag styles! It is not mandatory to upgrade to this new tag if your pet is currently licensed with a different tag.

Why License?

A pet license is not just a form of identification, it is proof of rabies vaccination.  Rabies is a deadly virus that can be passed from animal to animal, and from animal to human, and, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), rabies “is fatal in over 99% of cases.”   Licensing your pet is also the law (Ordinance 4451 and 4411).  Pet licensing is mandatory for all dogs in Ventura County (over 4 month), and cats (over 4 months) who live in the cities of Moorpark and Oxnard.

Benefits of Pet Licensing

Licensing your pet not only displays responsible pet ownership but it also helps fund local animal welfare initiatives in our community. In addition to your pet’s license, here are some benefits of your DocuPet online profile:

  • Hundreds of unique and colorful designer tag styles to choose from or design your own tag style online.
  • With full access to HomeSafeTM 24/7 lost pet service, upload recent photos of your pet and include important information that will help identify and retrieve them if they become lost
  • Gain access to exclusive promotions and discounts.
  • Add additional pet guardians to your pet’s profile.
  • Skip the trip and easily purchase or renew your pet’s license from the comfort of home.
  • Upload important new documents for your pet by snapping a photo.
  • Make an optional donation to Ventura County Animal Services via DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund and help support local animals in need.
  • Easily view and download your pet’s license documentation.
  • Read up on exclusive pet-focused content.
  • Manage, or make changes to your account at anytime including updating your contact information and making changes to pet details and status.
  • View your order status and history.


Spayed or Neutered Animals

To help control pet overpopulation in Ventura County, VCAS offers lower pet license fees for pets who are spayed or neutered.  If your pet is spayed or neutered, please submit Proof of Sterilization to receive this discount.  Open your DocuPet portal and upload the Proof of Sterilization document.  Yes, photographs from smartphone are accepted!  Documents can also be mailed to:

15 Technology Place, Suite 1
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Senior Discount

Requirements:  The animal’s primary owner must be 55 years or older, and the animal must be spayed or neutered.

Service Animals
Ordinance 4414-1 provides that a dog license shall be issued free of charge for any service dog, which is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.

Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks Residents

Ventura County Animal Services does not license pets for those living in the cities of Santa Paula or Thousand Oaks.  Santa Paula residents with licensing questions, please call (805) 525-8609.  Thousand Oaks residents, please click here to license your pet through the County of Los Angeles.

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The VCAS.US website has been translated by Google Translate. Reasonable efforts have been made to provide an accurate translation, however, no automated translation is perfect nor is it intended to replace human translators. Translations are provided as a service to users of the VCAS.US website, and are provided “as is.” No warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy, reliability, or correctness of any translations made from English into any other language. Some content (such as images, videos, Flash, etc.) may not be accurately translated due to the limitations of the translation software.

The official text is the English version of the website. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version of the website which is the official version. Ventura County Animal Services employs bilingual staff who are able to provide assistance.  Please call (805) 388-4341 or email

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