Pet licenses

Minneapolis residents must license their dogs, cats and ferrets.

Before you begin


All dogs, cats and ferrets over four months of age must have a license.

To get a pet license:

  • Your pet must be current on its rabies vaccinations.
  • Any City fines must be paid.

You can not buy pet licenses online when:

  • Your animal has been declared dangerous or potentially dangerous.
  • You have more than four pets, in which case you need a multiple animal permit.
  • You have outstanding fines or fees.

To get a reduced-cost pet license, you must:

Licensing costs

License type Spayed or neutered Not spayed or neutered
One-year license ---  ---
Dogs and cats $30 $80
Dogs and cats - senior discount (for people 65 or older) $15 $70
Dogs and cats - low-income discount (on assistance or income under $40,000 for a family of four) $15 $70
Ferrets $20 Does not apply
Three-year license ---  --- 
Dogs and cats  $85  Does not apply
Dogs and cats - senior discount (for people 65 or older)  $45  Does not apply
Lifetime License $250 Does not apply 


Get pet license online

You can also:

  • Request an application from:
  • Visit our shelter and buy a pet license in person



Contact us

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control






Animal Care & Control
212 17th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Get directions

Shelter hours

Monday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Closed on City holidays

See list of City holidays


No scheduled appointment times are needed for pet adoptions.
Other services: Use our appointment scheduler

Minneapolis 311


7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

See list of City holidays

Pet Licensing