Pet Licensing Information

Benefits of Licensing

Please ID because it is the best way to reunite your family.  Show you care, follow the law, display your love by licensing and identifying your pets.

Every person owning or keeping a dog in Lincoln County must purchase a license pursuant to ORS 609.100. Cat licenses are optional, but they help us return your pet in case your feline friend becomes lost.

All dogs in Lincoln County must be licensed at:

  • 6 months of age, or
  • when they have permanent canine teeth, or
  • within 30 days of acquisition, or
  • within 30 days after new residents move into Lincoln County.
Rabies Certificate

A rabies certificate is required and is a prerequisite for a license. You may purchase a one-year, two-year, or three-year license, up to the date of the rabies vaccination expiration. 

Licensing Fees
  1 Year 2 Year 3 Year
Altered Pet $5 $10 $15
Unaltered Pet $35 $65 $90
Why Licensing is Important
  • License tags allow us to contact you as soon as possible--providing you peace of mind, leaving space at the shelter for another animal in need, and saving the community tax-payer money.

  • License fees support shelter programs and operations which provides approximately 1,000 animals with food, veterinary care, safe shelter, training, behavior enrichment, foster and adoption services each year.

  • License fees support field services and investigations to address loose pets, aggressive dogs, and bite reports.

  • License fees allow Animal Services to investigate, seize, and care for animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect.

  • Fees support our pet retention programs, including distribution of over 1,000 pounds of pet food each month, to help people keep pets in their homes.

  • Last year, our redemption rate was 50% for dogs, well above the national average, but only 4% for cats.  Our goal is to reunite all lost pets with their families.

  • If your animal is found injured and wearing its license, it is much easier for us to obtain emergency medical attention for him or her and contact you with the details.

  • Identification is critically important for your pet in the event of a manmade or natural disaster.

  • If your dog is impounded and is current on its license and altered, then the $30 impound fee for a first offense is waived (but if they are impounded again, the second impound fee must be paid).

  • License fees are an important way the community supports our policy of not euthanizing for space and finding new homes to as many animals as possible.

 How to Purchase a License
  1. BY MAIL: To purchase a license, renew a license, or change your address by mail:

    Download and complete the application form (see attachment below).  Please include a copy of your pet's rabies vaccination certificate or indicate which veterinary clinic you visit.

    Mail it to:
    Lincoln County Animal Shelter
    510 NE Harney St.
    Newport, Oregon 97365

  2. AT THE SHELTER: We also welcome you to come by the shelter to pay for your license during regular business hours which are Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm. We are able to accept credit cards in person and over the phone.

  3. OTHER LOCATIONS: In Newport: Grove Veterinary Clinic, Newport Veterinary Hospital, and Animal Medical Care.  In Lincoln City: Salty Dog Hound Lounge, Kenny's IGA North, and Oceanlake Veterinary (for their clients).

Fines:  Failure to obtain a dog license may result in a $242 fine. There is a $25 fee if a license is not purchased and your dog is impounded or a citation is issued.

Please keep your pets safe at home. Be sure to keep collars, dog licenses and ID tags on your dogs and cats (even if they are indoors), and microchip--it's the very best way for us to reunite you and your furry family member.