Pet Licensing

Dog owners must license their pets within 60 days of moving to the city or adopting a dog. Licenses for cats are available, but are not required.

A dog license is required for many reasons, including the confirmation of vaccination against rabies (rabies certificate). Rabies is fatal to pets and dangerous to humans and is common in the wild animal population of Southern California. 

The dog license period for Lakewood is from July 1 to June 30 of the given year and is renewed every year.

A late fee is charged per license for dogs not licensed within 60 days of residing in the city or after July 31 for license renewals. 

The only way to buy this initial license is by going to the SEAACA office.  

Buying a dog license

Step 1.Get a rabies vaccination certificate

All dogs over four months old must have a rabies vaccination. SEAACA can provide information on vaccination clinics.

Be sure to bring the certificate that shows it's good for the term of the license.

Step 2.Bring certificate and payment

Fees are:

  • $28 per year for an unaltered (non-spayed or neutered) dog
  • $14 per year for an altered (spayed or neutered) dog

Step 3.Go to SEAACA to buy the license

SEAACA is located at 9777 Seaaca St., Downey, CA 90241. See SEAACA's business hours and directions to their facility

No online or mail-in process is available to make this initial purchase.


Renewing a dog license

Three options to renew a license

  • Visit SEAACA in person
  • Mail in the renewal 
  • Attend one of Lakewood's city-sponsored pet vaccination clinics, Bow Wow and Meow Day, offered in June and July, where low-cost vaccinations and renewals can be handled easily on site. 

Owners who fail to re-license their dog annually must pay a late fee.

Sign up for Lakewood's free emagazine to be sure you receive notification of the upcoming clinics, or check the city's event calendar.


Licenses help find lost pets

If your pet is lost, the chances of a happy recovery are dramatically increased if your pet wears its license tag along with a pet ID tag.

Tags should include the owner's name, current address, and home and work phone numbers.

The best method is a combo collar ID tag and microchip. Shelters are more routinely scanning strays for microchips, which provide information that tracks to each owner.

Microchips are tiny, permanently encoded devices safely injected under the animal's skin. Having your pet "chipped" is fast and inexpensive.

Be sure to update your pets’ license and microchip information when changes in your residence or personal information occur. Pets wearing their licenses are held longer at animal care centers than unlicensed ones, which are placed up for adoption and may be euthanized after five days.