Dogs and horses (any equine) are required to be licensed/registered in the City of Los Angeles.

Most states require you to license your dog, which involves proving proof of rabies vaccine and paying a fee, usually about $20. You will get a license number and a secondary tag that your dog is required to wear. It's the law.

License tags identify guardians of lost animals. Each license tag has a unique number assigned to your animal only.
People who find an animal with a tag can call our telephone number printed on the tag for quick guardian identification and reunion with the lost animal.
If a licensed animal is lost or taken to a shelter, LA Department of Animal Services can identify the guardian by the tag number and contact the registered animal guardian. Animals with licensing information are held in the shelters while the guardians are contacted.


Any residents found to have unlicensed pets are issued a $25 citation. Aside from paying that citation, pet owners must also pay a $25 late fee, along with a licensing fee. A one-year license fee for a spayed or neutered dog costs $16, but the cost shoots up to $100 if the dog isn't altered. - 888-452-7381