Pet License and Microchip

Contact Pet License

If you recently moved out of the Stockton city limits, rehomed your licensed pet, lost a licensed pet, or a licensed pet has died; please email our Animal Services team at, with your pet license information for further instructions.

Pet License 

The City of Stockton Animal Shelter issues pet licenses for residents who reside within the Stockton city limits and in the unincorporated area of San Joaquin County.  Pet licenses are a legal requirement for all pets that live within the Stockton city limits per SMC 6.04.090 Dog or Cat License. The main purpose of licensing your pet is to help ensure that you and your pet are reunited should your pet become lost. If you reside in another city within San Joaquin County, you will need to contact your local animal shelter.  

To obtain a pet license, your pet must be current on its rabies vaccine and microchipped. The Stockton Animal Shelter provides rabies vaccinations and microchipping for low-cost, please reference our prices here. Vaccinations and microchipping are offered on a walk-in basis during normal business hours, Tuesday - Sunday 12:00P.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

Pet license purchases, renewals & Information updates can be completed online by clicking the link below. To renew or update contact information, please have your pet license number, animal ID number and person ID number ready.  If you don't know these number please email our team at


Pet Microchip

A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice. It uses passive RFID (radio frequency identification) technology and contains a unique serial number that can be read by a portable, hand-held scanner. The microchip does not contain any moving parts or any power source and remains inactive until it is powered by the scanner. It is not a tracking device and does not work with GPS. Most veterinarians, shelters, and rescue organizations will scan a found animal free of charge.  

If you recently purchased a microchip at the Stockton Animal Shelter, please register or update your contact information here:  24Pet Watch

Have any questions?  Please contact our team at (209) 937-7445, during normal business hours.

Last Update : 12/13/2023, 1:07:47 PM