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 and 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).Return to Animal Care & Control

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1. Why do I need to license my dog?
2. I received a notice to license my dog, but he already has one. Why did I get this?