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All dogs and cats living in Orange County must be licensed within 30 days of acquisition.  Failure to do so is a violation of the County's ordinance and could result in a fee or fine. Orange County does not provide licensing tags; your pet must wear their current rabies tag.

All residents inside Orange County must pay the standard County fee.  Townships may also require a fee for their residents, in addition to the County's licensing fee.  Residents are responsible for paying the total fee for the area in which they live, according to the chart below.  All fees are paid to Orange County and township fees are remitted to individual towns once collected.

All pets over 4 months of age should also have a current rabies shot.  You will need to provide a copy of your rabies certificate and spay/neuter certificate if your animal(s) are sterilized.

How to License Your Pet

There are several options for licensing your pet with Orange County Animal Services.  The easiest and preferred way is to license is online!  Whether this is a first-time license for your pet or a renewal, you can use the link below to save time and money by licensing through our secure online licensing program. Credit card numbers are encrypted in an SSL format and all transactions are secure.

Begin Your Online Licensing Session

If your pet is deceased or you have moved to another county, please contact us via email at  Please include your Person ID and the ID of the animal in question.

For new registrations or to update the spay/neuter information listed on your renewal card, please be sure you have your pet's spay/neuter information available, including the date of surgery and the name of the clinic where surgery was performed.

You may also license your pet in person Animal Services Center, or you may print a licensing form and mail to Animal Services.

Please contact Animal Services at 919-942-7387 to review refundable issues and/or to make a refund request.

Licensing Fees       

County Fees effective Sept 1, 2010
Chapel Hill fees effective Nov 1, 2010

Please find your jurisdiction on the chart below.  If your license is more than 30 days late, a $5 late fee will apply.

 Unsteril-ized Dogs


Unsteril-ized CatsSteril-
ized Cats
Orange County Residents
Unincorporated areas, Hillsborough, Mebane (Orange County portion)
$30 $10 $30 $10
Orange County residents receiving public assistance* $30 $0 $30 $0
Chapel Hill Residents        
Orange County Fee $30 $10 $30 $10
Town Fee $5 $3 $5 $3
Total Fee for Chapel Hill residents $35 $13 $35 $13
Total Fee for Chapel Hill residents receiving public assistance* $35 $3 $35 $3
Orange County Fee $30 $10 $30 $10
Town Fee $20 $3 $10 $3
Total Fee for Carrboro Residents $50 $13 $40 $13
Total Fee for Carrboro residents receiving public assistance* $50 $3 $40 $3
Chapel Hill Annex within Durham County        
Orange County Fee No fee No fee No fee No fee
Town Fee $5 $3 $5 $3
Total Fee for Annex Residents $5 $3 $5 $3
*pets must be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies to qualify


Effective October 1, 2012, any license that is paid more than 30 days after the due date will be subject to a $5 late fee.

Kennel Fees $50.00

effective July 1st, 2007

Additional Information

Contact us at: (919) 942-PETS (7387).


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Low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic
Thursday, February 22
5pm -7pm

This clinic will be held at the Farmer's Market on Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.
One and three-year vaccinations available for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine, a tag alone is not sufficient). Microchips offered for $35. Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  
See details and other rabies clinic dates this year on our rabies page.

Tuesday, February 27 (sign up by February 13)
Spaying and neutering saves lives! Animal services is now able to help more Orange County residents than ever before! Call to sign up or to get more information: 919-932-4966 or 919-932-4965. You can also fill out our inquiry form here.


Animal Services is now running a year-round Senior Adoption Special: The adoption fee for any senior cat or dog (8 years or older) will be only $30! 
Also, senior citizens may take advantage of our year-round Senior Squared Special: If any senior citizen (65 or older) adopts a senior cat or dog (8 years or older), the adoption is FREE!