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License A Pet

All cats and dogs over 3 months of age and living in unincorporated Harris County must have a current rabies vaccination and display a Harris County license tag. Failure to comply may result in fines up to $500 per offense.


If you are not sure that you live in unincorporated Harris County, you can enter your address on the secured Online Pet Licensing page and our system will check for you.


See our Map of Local Animal Control by County

It's the law - license your pet


To license your pet, you will need the following information:

  • Owner name, address, driver’s license number, date of birth

  • Pet name, age, breed, color, weight

  • *Proof of rabies vaccination and/or spay/neuter (Certificates from veterinarian. You can scan or take a picture and send by email)

    *License will not be issued until this information is received





3 ways to license your pet

  1. Online Pet Licensing

  2. In person at the shelter during regular business hours

  3. By Mail - Download the Pet License Application

After your application, payment and certificate(s) are received we will send your license tag by US Mail.  You should receive your tag in approximately 7 business days. Pet licenses purchased in person at the shelter are issued license tags that day.

The license will not be issued until proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter (if applicable) is submitted.

You can choose from the following methods of delivery for proof of current rabies vaccination:

Email to:

Fax to: 281-260-6403
US mail, addressed to: HCPHES VPH 612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX 77076


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Last updated:  September 25, 2014 
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
2223 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Tel: (713) 439-6000