Denver Animal Protection partners with PetData to provide licensing services online and via mail. Below are instructions on how to work with Pet Data, if you'd like to work directly with the shelter, please come see us in person at:
Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver CO 80223
Begin the licensing process with PetData.com or use the below tabs for more information about licensing through PetData.
The Denver Revised Municipal Code requires all dogs and cats 6 months of age and older to be licensed with the City of Denver within 30 days of being in the city. View the complete Denver Revised Municipal Code for animal licensing.
Ready to purchase your license? If you would like to license online, a convenience fee of $1.95 will apply for each transaction. Any required documents, such as your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, may be scanned and uploaded or submitted later by fax, mail or email. The license will be issued after all required documents are received. Please note that free licenses cannot be obtained through the online payment system.
To request the one free senior citizen (65+) license or to request a free service dog license, please visit petdata.com/for-pet-owners/sth/senior for other submission options. Senior citizen (65+) paid licenses may be purchased through the online payment system. Begin the licensing process online now.
Your paperwork will not be returned to you, so please retain a copy of your documents for your records.
|One Year License||$15|
|Lifetime License||$150 - valid for the lifetime of your pet - no expiration date
(by mail or in person)
|Senior Citizens (65 and over)||One free three-year license per senior citizen
(by mail or in person)
|Service Dog License||Free three-year license
(by mail or in person)
|Replacement Tags||License - Free
$6 - If your pet was vaccinated by Denver Animal Shelter and you've lost the rabies tag, it can be replaced for free (by mail or in person)
Note: Pitbull breeds are illegal in Denver and cannot be licensed.
Senior and service licenses require free renewals to confirm owner information and update rabies vaccination information.
A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. An animal that provides emotional support, crime prevention and comfort or companionship is not considered a service animal.
The lifetime license is good for the lifetime of the pet while it is in the care of the original owner and cannot be transferred to another owner or pet.
To license by mail:
NOTE: Please see the required paperwork and license fees section above prior to mailing your application.
NOTE: Please see the required paperwork and license fees section above prior to arriving at the Animal Shelter.
Keeping your personal information up to date ensures that you can be reached in case your pet is ever found away from home. You can quickly send us your new address, update your contact information, or submit a correction to the spelling of your name by using one of the forms below. Please click on the applicable box and fill in all the information requested.
Updating Your Name
Updating a Street/Mailing Address
Updating Phone Numbers & Email Addresses
Moved Out of the City/County?
Not a Resident of Denver?
Whether we need to correct your pet's breed or add your pet's color, it is very important to us to have an accurate description of your pet on file in the event that your pet is ever lost. Please click on one of the sections below to send us updates or corrections to your pet's information.
Updating Pet Information
Rabies Vaccination Information
No Longer Own a Pet
Pet is Deceased
Never a Resident of Denver
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, PetData provides animal licensing services for municipalities and animal welfare agencies throughout the United States. At PetData, we are dedicated to providing outstanding, cost-effetive service for our clients. Since 1994 we have processed over 16 million animal licenses and rabies vaccinations for more than 75 cities ,counties and animal agencies in 22 states.
Licensing helps Animal Services identify family pets, should an animal become lost. The fees from licensing are used to care for animals and investigate complaints about stray animals, among other services. Other goals of animal licensing are to promote responsible pet ownership and to reduce the tragedies associated with lost pets and pet overpopulation.
The City of Denver chose to privatize animal licensing beginning in 2013 to promote animal licensing, to increase the cost-effectiveness of the program, and to provide additional services to its citizens.
Why did I receive this notice?
Full-Page Renewal Notice
Blue Billing Postcard
Full-Page Renewal Reminder/Yellow Past-Due Postcard
Incomplete License Letter
There may be several reasons why you received a bill when you have a current license. We're happy to help with your account information - please fill out this form to begin the process. [links to form]
The metal license tag is permanently assigned to your pet, and you will not receive a new tag during the renewal process unless requested. If you have lost your tag or it has become unreadable, please pay the replacement tag fee when you mail your renewal, and a new tag will be mailed with your license registration. Otherwise, a receipt only will be mailed.
We will mail your tag and/or license receipt within 10 business days from the day we receive your completed license application and payment. Please allow an additional 3-5 business days to receive your tag or receipt in the mail. If we have not received correct payment or proper documentation you will be notified via mail and the processing of your license will be delayed.
You may obtain a replacement tag by sending a check or money order payable to "Manager of Finance" in the amount of $6.00 to the mailing address below. Please do not send cash. You may include either a copy of your prior license receipt or a note to designate the pet for which you are purchasing a replacement tag. If you need assistance, you may call customer service toll-free at 1-855-328-1401.
If you are renewing your pet's license, please indicate that a replacement tag is needed on the renewal form and include the replacement tag fee.
Denver Animal Licensing
PO Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014-1929
Only one license tag can be active at one time. Requests for multiple tags for the same animal cannot be fulfilled.
Denver animal licenses are non-transferable. Please note that the lifetime license is good for the lifetime of the pet while it is in the care of the original owner, and cannot be transferred to another owner or pet.
A refund may be available for the following reasons:
Refunds are not available for unused time or if the animal is altered during the licensing period and you paid at the higher rate.
See the License Fees section above as it varies by term.
For questions about lost and found animals in Denver, visit the Lost Pets page.
See above licensing ordinances.
PetData considers the privacy of our clients to be of paramount importance. PetData has never sold information or data to any third-party. PetData does not use any personally identifiable data collected for any purpose other than those as determined by client contracts.
We do not respond to requests for information from non-client individuals or corporations, nor do we release information without the express written consent of our client agencies. Groups or individuals requesting licensing data should contact the individual client's animal services agency director as we release data only to our contracted client.
Denver Animal Protection (DAP) provides care to more than 12,000 pets each year. DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admissions shelter that is home to more than 6,000 lost and abandoned pets each year.