Pet Licensing

Yellow Labrador with a green dog bowl.

Please License Your Pet!

Licensing is required for all dogs and cats age 8 weeks and older in Bothell. Purchasing a license and attaching it to your pet’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible pet owner. Displaying a current license tag on your pet’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost pet’s owner information. It could be your pet’s ticket home, and it's also the law. To see if you live within the Bothell City limits check this map.

How to License Your Pet

Bothell’s partnership with PetData makes licensing your pet easier than ever. Three different options are now available for licensing your Bothell pet:


To license online, go to and select "License Now". Then click on "Online". You can license multiple pets at the same time and easily upload required documents. All major credit cards are accepted, and a small convenience fee will apply per transaction.

By Mail

To license by mail, simply mail a copy of required documentation, along with your check or money order payable to “City of Bothell” to:

Bothell Animal Licensing
C/O PetData
P.O. Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014-1929

In Person

Due to COVID-19 restrictions Bothell City Hall is closed to the public.  Staff is available to assist you by phone Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.  
Please call 425-806-6100

Proof of Rabies Vaccination

Proof of rabies vaccination is required in order to license a pet in Bothell. Rabies is a deadly virus that can affect people and animals. Any mammal can get rabies. However, bats are the only animal in Washington known to carry rabies. In other states, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes are known to carry rabies. As of this year, the state law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets have up-to-date rabies vaccines.

Spaying & Neutering Your Pet

The City of Bothell encourages spaying and neutering. Each year 6-12 million animals die in shelters simply for lack of a home. For information about low-cost spay/neuter clinics available to you, contact PAWS at 425-787-2500. License fees for sterilized pets over 6 months of age are $30 per year. Licenses for unsterilized pets over 6 months of age are $60 per year. Juvenile pets 8 weeks old to 6 months of age are eligible for a Juvenile Pet License, which is $15 and is valid for 6 months from date of issue.

Senior Citizens

For Senior Citizens age 65 or older, Bothell offers a lifetime license for pets that have been spayed or neutered. Seniors may license their altered pets for $15 per pet (up to 3 pets). A senior pet license is good for the lifetime of the pet but must be renewed annually, at no charge.

More Information

For more information on pet licensing in the City of Bothell, please visit the Pet Data website or call toll-free 877-816-7058.

Why license your pet?