Dog Licensing

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California State Law and City of South El Monte Municipal Code requires that all dogs over the age of four months be vaccinated and licensed as a rabies control measure. Dog owners who fail to comply are subject to penalties.

Funds received from dog licensing fees enable the City to pay for quality animal care and control services provided by South East Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA).

Licensing Benefits to Dog Owners

Make sure your dog has its current license attached to its collar is your best insurance of having your pet returned to you in case he or she becomes lost or gets out of your yard. Even if your dog is microchipped, a license tag is immediately visible and doesn’t require a scanning device to read it, as a microchip does.

A license also ensures that dogs are vaccinated against rabies, a fatal disease to humans and animals.

Licensing Fees

All dog licensing is valid for one year.

Dog License Fee

  • $25, sterilized (spayed/neutered)
  • $60, unaltered

Senior Discount

  • $15, sterilized (spayed/neutered)
  • $40, unaltered

Seniors who are 60-plus must provide proof of age to obtain a discount.

Sterilized (Spayed / Neutered) Discount

You must provide the original Certificate of Sterility to obtain a discount.


  • $12.50 per dog
  • Seniors: $7.50 per dog


Obtaining a Dog License

SEAACA has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced pet licensing experience for South East Area residents. Pet licenses can now be purchased and renewed online at This new, easy-to-use online licensing service provides a quick and easy process to license your pet.

Each DocuPet tag doubles as a pet’s official license and comes equipped with the HomeSafe™ 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. 

To purchase or renew a license:

Step 1. Obtain a copy of your pets rabies vaccination certificate. Spay/Neuter certificates may be required for discounted rate. 

Step 2. Go online to to purchase your license. You will be required to submit a copy of your rabies vaccination certificate (and spay/neuter certificate if applicable) at the time of purchase. 

Visit to license your pet now.

If you are unable to complete your license registration online, you may also license over the phone, by mail, or in-person at SEAACA.

If you are unable to complete your license registration online, you may also license over the phone, by mail, or in-person at SEAACA.

SEAACA Address:

9777 Seaaca Street, Downey, CA 90241

In-Person Licensing Office Hours 

Customers are assisted on a first come, first served basis.

*Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

*The Licensing Department is closed daily from 11:20 am - 12:30 pm.

For additional information, visit or call (562) 803-3301. 

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