Why Licensing Is Important
Why do I need to license my pet in the City of Port St. Lucie?
Being a pet owner requires all sorts of responsibility. One that is often overlooked is licensing your pet(s) with your local government.
Failing to license your pet(s) can hinder your chances of getting them back if picked up by Animal Control; it can also lead to fines and other fees.
If the above isn't reason enough for you to license your pet(s), here are a few more reasons why you should:
- It's the law. In most cities in Florida, it's mandatory that pet owners have their pets licensed. If you get caught without a license, which can and does happen, you can be hit with a fine. Pets must have a renewed license each year, unless you’ve registered your pet with a Lifetime License (see licensing requirement tab). The City license tag must be displayed on them at all times.
- If your pet goes missing, having them licensed drastically improves your chances of getting them back. A license helps Animal Control and shelters quickly identify your pet and get him back to you safely. If your pet is found wandering the streets, Animal Control can easily look up your pet’s license and obtain your contact information.
- The cost of the license is far less than the penalty for being caught without one. If Animal Control finds your pet(s) without a license, you can end up paying a fee of $55.00.