Time running out for pet license amnesty


Cat and dog owners can buy new tags, or bring tags up to date, without penalty through April 30


Time is running out to make your dog or cat legal. Through April 30, cat and dog owners can bring expired tags up to date, or purchase new licenses for unlicensed pets, without additional fees or penalties that can add up to hundreds of dollars. Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), along with the cities of Seattle, Bothell, and Federal Way are participating in the license amnesty.

According to King County, renewing expired pet licenses normally cost $15 for up to 45 days late, $20 for up to 90 days late and $30 for over 135 days late.

“A licensed pet is far more likely to be returned to its owner if it gets lost,” said Dr. Gene Mueller, manager of Regional Animal Services. “Plus, your license fee helps us provide a vital safety net for unwanted or neglected animals in our area, and also helps us adopt thousands of homeless pets to new, loving homes every year.”

Pet owners residing in unincorporated King County or any of the 25 RASKC Regional Partner Cities are required to license with King County:

Beaux Arts            Kent                      Sammamish

Bellevue                Kenmore               SeaTac

Black Diamond      Kirkland                Shoreline

Carnation              Lake Forest Park    Snoqualmie

Clyde Hill               Maple Valley          Tukwila

Covington             Mercer Island        Woodinville

Duvall                   Newcastle              Yarrow Point

Enumclaw             North Bend

Issaquah               Redmond


King County pet owners can go to www.kingcounty.gov/pets, then click on “License Your Pet” to renew a pet license online. Licenses are also sold at the King County Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent, at the 25 Regional Partner City Halls, many QFC stores, vehicle licensing agencies, or at any of the six King County Community Service Centers (CSCs) located throughout King County. For a full list of pet licensing locations, visit www.kingcounty.gov/pets.


All King County pet licenses, except those for kittens or puppies, expire one year after issuance.

  • Kitten or puppy (under six months old): $15
  • Spayed or neutered dog or cat (over six months old): $30
  • Unaltered dog or cat (over six months old): $60
  • Dog or cat license for senior citizen residents: $15
  • Dog or cat license for disabled residents: $15
  • License for registered service animals: Free


Residents in the cities of Seattle, Bothell, and Federal Way can also take advantage of the pet license amnesty. For details, contact Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org. In Bothell, call 1-877-816-7058 or visit www.petdata.com/cs/bth. Federal Way residents can call 253-853-7387 or log on to license.cityoffederalway.com/pets.