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License & Vaccination Requirements
Animal Control > License & Vaccination Requirements
Pursuant to County Ordinance 1-4-27, the owner or keeper of any dog, cat or ferret four (4) months of age or older is required to have said animals vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
Florida recognizes a one-year vaccine or a three-year vaccine for dogs and cats.
Pet owners are still required to renew their county license every year regardless of whether a one-year or three-year vaccine was given.
County Ordinance 1-4-28 states the owner or keeper of any dog, cat or ferret residing in Charlotte County for 28 consecutive days or more is required to obtain a county license tag for said animals.
County license tags must be renewed annually as they expire on the anniversary of when the vaccine was given.
County license tags can be obtained at most veterinary clinics within Charlotte County. There are a select few veterinarian clinics outside the county that also offer Charlotte County animal licenses.  Animal Control always recommends contacting your local veterinarian first for your pet's license.  The cost for a county license is the same regardless if purchased at the vet or with our department.
The cost for a license:
  • $12.00 for altered animals (spayed/neutered)
  • $30.00 for unaltered animals (NOT spayed or neutered)
  • $12.00 for all animals 12-months old and under (regardless if altered or not)
County Licenses can also be purchased by mail or in person at the Charlotte County Animal Control.
Animal Control does not accept credit or debit cards. Please have cash or check for payment when purchasing a license from Animal Control.
County license tags act as a form of identification for your pet. As long as your animal is wearing his or her county tag, this will allow an Animal Control officer to obtain your name, address and phone number from our database and contact you in the event that your animal is picked up.
Tags can be purchased at:

Charlotte County Animal Control

C/O Public Safety Building
26571 Airport Rd.
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Phone: 941.833.5690 x1
Fax: 941.833.5691
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