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.

Licensing costs

License typeSpayed or neuteredNot 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 (microchip required) $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

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


Contact us

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control






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

Get directions

Shelter hours

Currently by appointment only Monday through Friday. Please call to make an appointment.

Closed on City holidays

See list of City holidays

Field service hours

For non-emergency requests, please call 311 and an officer will respond in the order in which the call was received.

For emergency situations, please call 911.

Minneapolis 311


7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

See list of City holidays

Pet Licensing