Dog Licensing

Dog owners in Longview, Kelso and Castle Rock have until January 1st to renew licenses or pay a $15 penalty starting after that date. Dog owners in Woodland have until January 1st to renew licenses or pay a $10 penalty. The penalty for owners caught with an unlicensed dog is $257 except for Woodland, their fee is $52. Owners are required to buy licenses for dogs older than 6 months old and for dogs they’ve had more than 14 days.

County residents aren’t required to buy a license unless the dog is brought into a city more than 14 days in one calendar year. The license is used as a piece of identification to help return lost pets quickly, and its proof that the pup’s rabies vaccination is current. Another advantage is that if a licensed dog were to bite someone, it could spend its 10-day quarantine at home, with proof of a current rabies vaccination rather than a veterinarian office or at the Humane Society.

It is the responsibility of dog owners to ensure their pup’s license is up to date, even if they have moved or didn’t receive a renewal postcard. A current rabies certificate is required to buy or renew a license. Some veterinarians will issue a rabies shot without charging for an exam, but owners should call and check first. According to the state, every dog, cat and ferret should have a rabies vaccination.

Licenses may be purchased at the Humane Society, 909 Columbia Blvd., Longview, WA, or at some of the local veterinary clinics. Owners of dogs with microchips should make sure the Humane Society has the number on file in case, so lost pets can be reunited with their families.


Spayed / Neutered Pet Unaltered Pet


Cost of License + Late Fee for Spayed / Neutered Pet. Late Fee Goes into Effect January 3rd.


Cost of License + Late Fee for Unaltered Pet. Late Fee Goes into Effect January 3rd.
Kelso $15.00 $35.00 $30.00 $50.00
Longview $15.00 $35.00 $30.00 $50.00
Castle Rock $15.00 $35.00 $30.00 $50.00
Woodland $20.00 $40.00 $20.00