Dog Licensing

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 are valid for one year.

Dog License Fee

  • $19, sterilized (spayed/neutered)
  • $30, unaltered

Senior Discount

  • $15, sterilized (spayed/neutered)
  • $19, 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.


  • $10 per dog
  • Seniors: $5 per dog

Obtaining a Dog License

Effective January 1, 2019, all dog licenses (new and renewal) are no longer handled at City Hall.

Mail a copy of your Rabies vaccination, Certificate of Sterility of the dog and ID of the resident if he/she is of senior age (if applicable) your payment directly to SEAACA in check, cashier check, or money order payable to SEAACA.

Mail to:
9777 Seaaca Street
Downey, CA 90241

Licensing Renewals

Mail your payment directly to SEAACA in check, cashier’s check, or money order payable to SEAACA.

Mail to:
9777 Seaaca Street
Downey, CA 90241

Lost Tag

If residents have lost their tag and need a new one, they will need to pay $3 to be issued a new one.

Changes / Dispute

To ask to change or dispute an amount, please contact SEAACA at 562-803-3301, ext. 239, Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Additional Information

For additional information, please call 626-579-6540, ext. 3242.