Our Doberman Puppy is Officially Licensed

With rabies shot and final core vaccination round completed, Atlas can now apply for a license. Today, our Doberman puppy is officially licensed.

I applied for a municipal pet license the same day Atlas received his rabies vaccination. The company that handles pet licensing for the city of Torrance is Pet Data. While I applied online on March 7, 2020, thinking it would expedite the process, the whole process took 1½ month.

In reality, I should have received my pet license tag and receipt within 10 days of submitting the necessary documents. The process was pretty straight forward. Set up an account, add a pet profile, submit a rabies certificate of vaccination and pay a licensing fee. I did all of that but there was an issue with the image of the certificate of vaccination that I submitted.

You see, I mistakenly taken it with iOS’ “live photo” mode. The image of the certificate I submitted was unreadable. So after 3 weeks, I received a letter from Pet Data in the mail notifying that a certificate of rabies vaccination was missing and need to be mailed in with their voucher. I printed the image of the certificate and snail mailed it back to Pet Data.

Pet License Finally Arrives

After waiting another 2 weeks, Pet Data finally sent us the pet license certificate of receipt and a shiny dog tag.

Our Doberman puppy is officially licensed.
Our Doberman puppy is officially licensed.

If you are a South Bay resident and wonder what the dog license tag looks like, here it is:

City of Torrance pet license dog tag.
City of Torrance pet license dog tag.

Finally, the dog tag set includes the tag itself and a split ring. Pet Data engraves the name of the city of issuance, the city’s Animal Control phone number and the pet license number (blurred for privacy) on the dog tag.

Fees

I paid $62.00 + $2.00 online convenience fee to license Atlas. As of now, the annual license renewal will drop to $24.00 for neutered dogs.

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