Osceola County Animal Services will provide a county license tag for a nominal fee. Periodic rabies vaccinations for pets are required by Florida Statute, 828.30.


There are four ways to license your pet in Osceola County. Click on the one that you want to use, or look at them all then decide. All forms of tag applications must be accompanied by a certificate of rabies vaccination from a licensed veterinarian.
License OnlineLicense at the vetLicense at the shelter License by mail

Important information

  • Rabies vaccinations MUST be administered by a licensed veterinarian!

  • The rabies tag you receive from the veterinarian is not a County License. You must maintain a separate County License. Why?

    • We do not maintain a database that contains information on veterinary clinic tags that are issued, only those that are County tags.

    • If the clinic is closed and your pet is lost or injured, we have no way to obtain owner information.

    • The County Tag information is readily accessible by Animal Services staff, including the rabies vaccination status of the animal. This information is important in animal to human bite situations to verify vaccination status. Having a current County tag on your pet may avoid a trip to the animal shelter for your pet and you having to pay associated fees or fines.

    • FREE RIDE HOME! If your pet is loose but not causing a public safety issue, the Animal Control Officer will bring your pet to you, if you can be reached, rather than bring him to the shelter. This saves you time and money!

  • Your County License is only valid until the rabies vaccination expires. If the vaccination is only 1-year, do not choose the 3-year license option.

  • Providing false information regarding the rabies vaccination status of your pet may result in the issuance of a citation. By submitting an electronic request for pet licensing, you are acknowledging that the information being provided is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.

  • New Licenses: If this is the first time you have gotten a pet license in Osceola County, your pet’s information may not yet be in our database and there may be a slight delay in sending your license and tag. We do have to verify current rabies vaccination status to issue the license so please provide as much information as possible. You can scan the rabies certificate provided by your veterinarian into the system as part of the process to renew or obtain a new pet license. Another option would be to mail or drop off a copy of the rabies certificate to us at:

    Osceola County Animal Services
    3910 Old Canoe Creek Rd.
    St. Cloud, FL 34769
    Attn: Pet licensing

    Please make sure that copies are legible and that you maintain the original for your files.

Florida State Statute: 828.30(1) Rabies vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets.— (excerpt)

  1. All dogs, cats, and ferrets 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian against rabies with a vaccine that is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture for use in those species. The owner of every dog, cat, and ferret shall have the animal re-vaccinated 12 months after the initial vaccination. Thereafter, the interval between vaccinations shall conform to the vaccine manufacturer’s directions. The cost of vaccination must be borne by the animal’s owner.

  2. A dog, cat, or ferret is exempt from vaccination against rabies if a licensed veterinarian has examined the animal and has certified in writing that at the time vaccination would endanger the animal’s health because of its age, infirmity, disability, illness, or other medical considerations. An exempt animal must be vaccinated against rabies as soon as its health permits.

  3. Upon vaccination against rabies, the licensed veterinarian shall provide the animal’s owner and the animal control authority with a rabies vaccination certificate. Each animal control authority and veterinarian shall use the “Rabies Vaccination Certificate” of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) or an equivalent form approved by the local government that contains all the information required by the NASPHV Rabies Vaccination Certificate.