Kern County Animal Services provides animal licensing services only to residents who live in the unincorporated
areas of Kern County (including the unincorporated municipalities of Frazier Park, Lamont, Mojave, Oildale, and Rosamond) or
in the contracted city of Tehachapi. Residents of other incorporated cities will have to go through their city agency for this service.
Which agency provides my animal licensing services?
In Kern County, dogs over four months of age are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Residents owning or having custody of any dog must license the dog within 15 days of acquisition or within 15 days after the license becomes due. Cat licenses are recommended but not mandatory.
Kern 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 HomeSafe™24/7 lost pet service and designer license tags with personalization options. Additionally, 20% of every designer tag purchase is donated to Kern County Animal Services through DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund.
When you register your dog in Kern County, you will receive a unique license ID 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 $15.
Each DocuPet tag, standard or designer, doubles as a pet’s official license in Kern County and comes equipped with theHomeSafe™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.
License Your Pet Online!
View complete licensing ordinance
Are you a county resident? Click here to find out!
Note: Before beginning the process, make sure you have copies of the relevant supporting documents (Original documents will not be returned.)
Licensing your pet not only displays responsible pet ownership, but it also helps fund local animal welfare initiatives in your community. In addition to your pet’s official Kern County pet license, here are some benefits of your DocuPet online profile:
The license fee structure provides discount incentives when purchasing a multi-year license and/or the dog has been spayed or neutered.
If a licensed natural dog is altered, and one or more full years remain on the term of its license, the owner is eligible for a refund of the difference between the natural and altered license rate for each full remaining year.
10% of the Dog License fees collected annually, rounded up to the nearest dollar, shall be deposited in a Sterilization Trust Fund to augment the Kern County Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program.
Altered:1 Year License: $153 Year License: $30
Altered - Senior Citizen Rate (62 years or older; limit of 3 dogs):1 Year License: $53 Year License: $15
Natural:1 Year License: $603 Year License: $120
Service Dog:No Fee
Other Dog Licensing FeesDuplicate License Tag: $5Dangerous Animal (Per Year in Addition to the Fee Above): $150Dog License Penalty Fees (More than 30 Days Late): $10Dog License Non-compliance Fee: $20
1 Year License: $5Duplicate License: $5*There is no requirement to license cats in Kern County.
How DocuPet's Free HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service Works
Arvin City Clerk
Phone: (661) 854-3134
City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center - Licensing
201 South Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 832-7387
California City Animal Control
5000 Lindberg Street, California City, CA 93505
Phone: (760) 373-1115
Delano Finance Department
Phone: (661) 721-3310
Maricopa City Hall
Phone: (661) 769-8279
McFarland Animal Control
401 W. Kern Avenue, McFarland, CA 93250
Phone: (661) 792-2121
Ridgecrest Animal Control
411 San Bernardino Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 499-5190
City of Shafter Animal Control
18849 S. Shafter Avenue, Shafter, CA 93263
Phone: (661) 746-2140
Taft City Hall
209 E. Kern Street, Taft, CA 93268
Phone: (661) 763-1222
Kern County Animal Services - Bakersfield
3951 Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: (661) 868-7100
City of Wasco Animal Control Division
746 8th Street, Wasco, CA 93280
Phone: (661) 758-7220
Kern County Animal Services - Lake Isabella
14891 Highway 178, Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Phone: (760) 378-1131
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