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All dogs, cats and ferrets four months and older residing in Charlotte, Mint Hill, Pineville and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County must be licensed annually. This same law applies to ferrets living in Charlotte, Mint Hill, and Pineville. Proof of a current rabies vaccination from your veterinarian is required to purchase a license.

License fees will vary depending on whether your pet is spayed or neutered. Fees for fertile animals are $30.00 and those for sterile animals are $10.00 for a 1-year license and $25.00 for a 3-year license. License fee exemptions may apply in certain situations:

    • Senior citizens 62 years of age and older may receive a free license for their pets, provided the animals have been sterilized.
      • If your animal has medical problems that make it unable to withstand the sterilization procedure, you may purchase a license for $10.00 if you provide a statement from your veterinarian.
        • Any disabled owner of a dog which is used for seeing, hearing or assistance purposes may receive a free license if the animal has been spayed or neutered.
          • Owners of show animals may receive licenses for $10.00 provided they show proof of participation in at least three nationally recognized shows within the past twelve months.

          On  March 7, 2005, the Animal Control Bureau contracted with PetData, Inc. to manage the animal licensing program for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. 

          Animal licenses may be purchased by mail or on line from PetData.  Customer service representatives may be contacted by phone for questions and concerns. 

          For general information and to register your pet on line go to

          PetData Customer Service: 1-877-835-8523

          PetData Mailing Address:  
          Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Department
          Animal Control Division
          Animal Licensing
          c/o PetData
          PO Box 141929
          Irving, TX  75014-1929