2021 Voice & Sight Tags
In 2021, all Voice & Sight Tags and Pet Guardian registrations will be purchased online at boulder.docupet.com. Due to restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 virus, all tags will be mailed to registrants.
How to Register or Renew your Voice & Sight Tag
New to Voice & Sight?
If you are new to Voice & Sight, you must complete a free online course before registering for the Voice & Sight Tag Program. The course covers the specific legal requirements of Voice & Sight control, goes over tips for successfully managing dogs off-leash, and discusses some common scenarios that could be encountered.
Need to take the online course?
Already a DocuPet Member?
New to DocuPet?
If you have your Voice & Sight Education Code and already have a DocuPet account because you've previously licensed a dog in Boulder, you simply need to log into your account to renew your Voice & Sight tags and pay.
If you do not have a DocuPet account and already have your Voice & Sight Education Code, create a new account here. Note that residents of the City of Boulder are required to license any dogs as part of the online process before purchasing Voice & Sight tags.
Renewing your Voice & Sight Tag?
If you have completed the Education Course within the past five years, you may renew your Voice & Sight registration for 2021 via boulder.docupet.com.
Already a DocuPet Member?
New to DocuPet?
If you have previously registered for Voice & Sight with DocuPet, you can simply log into your account to register again for 2021.
If it has been more than five years since you have taken the Education Class, you will find a link to the Online Refresher Course from within your account. Upon completion of that course, you will receive your Voice & Sight Education Code which will be required to renew your 2021 registration.
If you do not have a DocuPet account, you may create your account now. In order to register for Voice & Sight, however, you will require your Voice & Sight Education Code.
If the email you use to register your account matches a valid record we have on file, you can use that email address to create your DocuPet account. You may also request your Activation Code here using your email address, or by calling us at 1-877-239-6072 on weekdays between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
IMPORTANT You will require proof of rabies vaccination for all dogs participating in the program.
2021 Voice & Sight Program Fees
Initial Registration Fees
- City of Boulder Residents: $13
- Boulder County Residents not in the City of Boulder: $33
- Non-Boulder County residents: $75
The registration fee includes one guardian and one dog. The fee for each additional guardian in a household is $5, and the fee for each additional dog in a household is $10.
Additional guardian and dog registration fees will be waived for City of Boulder households who meet income criteria consistent with the City of Boulder Food Tax Rebate Program or the Parks and Recreation Reduced Rate Program.
- City of Boulder Residents: $5
- Boulder County Residents not in the City of Boulder: $20
- Non-Boulder County residents: $30
Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 renewal fees apply. Starting Feb. 1, renewal fees will no longer be valid and initial registration fees will be applied.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Education Code?
All program participants who intend to participate must complete a free online course before registering for the Voice & Sight Tag Program every five years. The course covers the specific legal requirements of Voice & Sight control, goes over tips for successfully managing dogs off-leash, and discusses some common scenarios that could be encountered.
New this year, everyone who has completed the online course will be assigned an Education Code. This code is required to register for the program online at boulder.docupet.com.
Participants who have previously registered with DocuPet and who have taken the course within the past five years will already have Education Codes assigned within their accounts. No new action will be required.
Participants who have taken the course in the past five years but have not yet registered with DocuPet will have received their Education Code via email at the address we have on record. Education Codes may also be requested on this page.
What is the Voice and Sight Tag Program?
In 2006, OSMP rolled out the Voice and Sight Tag Program, which allows dogs to access designated trails off leash if they display special participation tags and they are under “voice and sight control” of their guardians at all times. In 2015, new program changes went into effect which require all program participants to complete an education class, verify a City of Boulder dog license or rabies vaccination for all dogs participating in the program and pay revised program fees.
Can I walk my dog off-leash within the city limits of Boulder after I have purchased a tag?
The Voice and Sight Tag Program applies only to certain City of Boulder lands where having a dog on a leash is not required. On-leash control is always required within the city limits of Boulder except in specially designated dog parks or other areas specifically exempted from this requirement. All trails posted as requiring a leash prohibit the use of voice and sight control.
Is participating in the program a requirement or just a request?
It is required by law for anyone intending to use voice and sight control privileges. Participation in the program and displaying a valid program tag on all dogs under voice and sight control is required by the Boulder Revised Code (BRC) 6-1-16 and 6-13-2 through 6-13-5.
Is the Voice and Sight Tag unique to a specific dog?
Yes, the tag signifies that the dog guardian has registered in the program and that the dog meets vaccination requirements.
Is there a test or certification process associated with getting Voice and Sight Tags?
No. By registering for the program and displaying the tags on your dog, you are simply stating that you have attended the education class on voice and sight control. You also agree to walk your dog under voice and sight control terms while on City of Boulder lands that allow voice and sight control.
How do I get a replacement for a lost tag?
You can replace a lost tag online through the renew/update link, or by coming in to one of our offices - details on locations and office hours are available above.
Why register as "Dog Walker Only"?
If you don't intend to register a dog and only walk other peoples dogs under voice and sight control; the registration process is streamlined to not include dog information. No tags will be shipped.
Note: If you are a commercial dog-walker, you will also need a Commercial Use Permit to bring dogs to Open Space and Mountain Parks.
If you end up acquiring a dog after registering as a "Dog Walker Only" you can add dogs to your household account by calling 720-564-2006.