Keep your pet safe.
Did you know you must renew your pet's license
every year? Renewing a license only takes a few minutes.
By maintaining a valid license for your pet, you're doing your part to help support your local pet community, and ensuring your own pet is well looked after should they ever find themselves lost.
The City of Southport’s pet licensing partner, DocuPet Inc., specializes in ensuring all pets hold a valid license. If your pet's license 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! Licenses are only required for those living within the city limits.
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Top 4 FAQ about renewals
I've licensed my pet 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. Only if you have already licensed your pet in the City of Southport in 2019 will 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 pet, 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 license offline. Learn how here.Offline Licensing Options
Why do I have to renew my pet's license every year?
Cities and counties 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. Southport officials are responsible for everything from animal control and pet rescue, to maintaining pet parks and trails. You do your best to keep your pet safe and happy but we all know, accidents happen. A license allows Southport officials and your fellow citizens to identify an animal, contact their owner, and make decisions that are in the best interest of the pet.
Since the last time I licensed, my pet has been spayed/neutered. How can I update their profile to receive the correct rate?
The City of Southport provides discounted licensing rates for spayed/neutered pets. If your pet has been sterilized since their last license, you will need to update their profile to reflect these changes. Once updated, you will automatically be charged the correct rate when you renew their license.
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, Southport records will show your pet has an active license.
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.