Pet Owners Can Now Register Their Animals Online

DES MOINES, IOWA – November 19, 2020 –Every year, the City of Des Moines processes over 20,000 pet licenses - this year, however, will mark the first time residents will be able to register their pets online. The City Clerk’s Office, in collaboration with the Information Technology Department, recently completed a new online portal for the residents of Des Moines to pay their pet licensing and dog park permits.

"We are very excited for this option, when we closed in March for COVID it became very clear we needed an online option available. We believe this is something our pet owners deserved, and this will make the payment process much easier for them going forward." -City Clerk Kay Cmelik

There are advantages of registering your pet. Pets registered through the city of Des Moines expedite the process of connecting lost animals with their owners. Registered pets also allow the city to better handle any disputes that may arise in the dog parks.

The City Clerk’s Office will begin processing registrations on November 30, 2020. If you have questions or are looking for additional information, call (515) 283-4209 or visit

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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