Dog License & Animal Control

dog ownerThank you for your interest in acquiring a Dog License and protecting your dog!

Your dog's registration tag assists in finding your lost pet.

The law in Arizona requires that all dogs over the age of three months have a license and rabies vaccination. Maricopa County Animal Care & Control licenses dogs in all unincorporated areas in Maricopa County and all other municipalities within Maricopa County with the exception of Fountain Hills and Native American reservations.

Dog owners must complete a license application within 15 days of vaccination. Residents new to Maricopa County and new dog owners must purchase a license within 30 days. A penalty will be assessed to owners who don’t apply within the required timeline. Penalty fees are as follows:

  • $2 per month for sterile dogs.
  • $4 per month for unaltered dogs.

    Animal Control FAQs


    1. What can I do about barking dogs in my neighborhood?

    Call El Mirage Police Department at 623-933-1341.

    2. Who do I call to report a loose/roaming animal in the neighborhood?
    Call Maricopa County Animal Control at 602-506-7387. However, if you feel that there is a threat to public safety call 911.

    3. Who do I call to report a dead animal on the road?
    Call City Hall at 623-933-8318