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Did you know you must renew your dog's licence every year? Renewing a licence only takes a few minutes.

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By maintaining a valid licence for your dog, you're doing your part to help support your local pet community, and ensuring your own dog is well looked after should they ever find themselves lost.

The Town of Cobourg's dog licensing partner, DocuPet, offers an innovative approach to tags by making them fun and functional. If your dog's licence is up for renewal or expired, you’ve likely heard from us. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team if you have any questions or comments. We’re here to help!

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Top 4 FAQ about renewals

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    I've licensed my dog in the past, but never online. What do I do?

    Best-case scenario, this year you'll renew online and create your pet's full profile. You'll need to use the link provided in our email communication to you, or your activation code, to access your DocuPet account. No matter when or how you licensed in the past, if you have ever held a dog licence in the Town of Cobourg, you have an account with us. Your activation code can be found:

    • In the letter that was sent with your original tag order if you licensed offline.
    • In any and all renewal reminder letters.
    • By calling or emailing our helpful customer service team.

    Remember, if you previously provided an email address when licensing your dog, you will have received one or more emails from us with a link to access your online account.

    Of course, if you wish, you can continue to license offline. Learn how here.

    Offline Licensing Options

  2. 2

    Why do I have to renew my dog's licence every year?

    Cities and towns provide a lot of great services to help keep our communities safe and when it comes to pets, it's easy for things to quickly become out of control. Town officials are responsible for everything from animal control and dog rescue, to maintaining dog parks and town trails. You do your best to keep your dog safe and happy but we all know, accidents happen. A licence allows town officials and your fellow citizens to identify an animal, contact their owner, and make decisions that are in the best interest of the pet.


  3. 3

    How do I purchase a designer tag?

    Login to your account and complete your license renewal to be presented with our designer tag options. You can also call DocuPet or visit the Town of Cobourg and someone will help you out. You can purchase additional designer tags any time of the year as well!


  4. 4

    Wondering when your new tag will arrive?

    Typically tag shipments are received in the mail 10-12 business days after your order is processed. You can login anytime and access your profile and not to worry, town records will show your dog has an active licence.


There’s no ifs ands or buts about it, licences are required to be renewed prior to their expiration date for all dogs living in Cobourg.

The fine for an unlicensed dog in the Town of Cobourg is $75.

Please note that Cobourg's licensing program operates on a 365 day cycle. This means that all licences expire the following year on the date they were purchased.

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Get the most out of your DocuPet Program

Our mission at DocuPet is to provide a safe and happy home for every pet. This starts with licensing, but it doesn't end there.

Our HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service

The HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service is an online tool that ties your pet's unique tag number to their online profile. This means that if anyone finds your pet, they can easily visit our site, enter the number found on your pet's tag, and immediately get access to the contact information you have chosen to provide. Our Found Dog report makes it easy for people to help your dog get home safe.

Licensed dog owners can also report pets lost through their online profile. In a matter of seconds, you can notify members of your community and ask for help. They'll learn about your pet, where he or she was last seen, gain access to photos, and receive any of your direct contact information you make available.

Nothing makes for a better day at the DocuPet office then when we get to deliver the good news that a dog gets to return home. We're very proud to have helped thousands of pets reunite with their owners through our HomeSafe™ Lost Pet Service.

Help guarantee your pet's safe return home.

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