Why do I need to license my dog? The law in Arizona requires that all dogs three months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is the licensing agent for all municipalities within Maricopa County (with the exception of Fountain Hills and Native American reservations).
Dog owners must complete a license application within 15 days of vaccination. Residents new to Maricopa County and new dog owners must purchase a license within 30 days. A penalty will be assessed to owners who do not apply within the required timeline. Failure to license a dog is a class 2 misdemeanor (Arizona Revised Statute § 11-1008).
I received a notice to license my dog, but he already has one. Why did I get this? Data for notices is captured from vaccination certificates. If your pet is licensed under a specific name (such as a nickname) but his/her vaccination certificate lists a name other than the one on your pet's current license, then the record would be stored and a notice would be mailed.
Does my dog get any special benefits by being licensed? YES! Found dogs wearing an MCACC license tag can be reunited quickly with their owner.
- If your dog is wearing his/her tag and someone confines him/her and calls MCACC's phone number engraved on the tag, the primary phone number on your account will be provided to the caller 24/7/365.
- If your dog is confined by one of our officers, MCACC staff will attempt to take your pet home to you immediately, skipping a trip to one of our facilities.
- If your dog is taken to one of our facilities, he or she will receive a longer care period. We will exhaust every option we have to contact you using the information on your account in our database.
- If your dog bites someone, he/she may be eligible for home quarantine instead of quarantine in one of our facilities or a veterinary hospital.
By licensing your dog, you are helping thousands of other animals. License fees support the operations and care of the animals in our East and West Valley Animal Care Centers.