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Pet Licenses

Fargo city ordinances require that all cats and dogs be licensed, even those who remain indoors at all times. A license costs $2.50 per year if your pet has been spayed or neutered, and $4.50 per year if it has not. You can purchase a license at any Fargo veterinary hospital, the Fargo City Animal Pound, or at Fargo City Hall. Some veterinary hospitals add a processing fee to the cost of the license; there is no fee added if you buy your license at city hall.  In order to receive a license, you will need to show proof that your animal's rabies vaccination is current.

When you license your cat or dog, you will receive a licensing tag for the pet. Both the licensing tag and the rabies tag should be worn by your animal at all times.

Benefits of licensing your pet

  • You will not be subject to a $60 fine for failure to license your dog or cat. 
  • If your animal has a current city license, you will not have to pay a $25 penalty if the pet is ever taken to the pound (you will still be responsible for the $35 impound fee and boarding fees). 
  • If your animal is wearing a current city license, community service officers will try to return the pet to you before taking it to the pound.

Apply for a pet license

Licenses can be purchased online by using the licensing portal at
Licenses may also be purchased at Fargo City Hall, 200 3rd St. N., Fargo. Go to the Auditor's Office payment window on the 2nd floor.