Time running out for pet license amnesty in King County

Time is running out to make dogs and cats legal. 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 through April 30.

“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 including Kenmore and Bothell are required to license with King County.

King County pet owners can go to, 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

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

License fees are: 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; and license for registered service animals are free.

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