Dog Licenses

Dog licenses are required for dogs over four months of age, for newly purchased or acquired dogs, and for those dogs just becoming a Michigan resident.

Where Can You Obtain a License?

From December 1st to February 28th most area vets and township/city offices sell our license tags.  You may also purchase them at the County Clerk's Office (Niles location only) and the County Treasurer's Office.  After February 28th, you can only purchase your tags from Animal Control.

Some area vets will sell licenses year-round for new puppies getting first licenses. Please check with your vet to see if they participate.

How Much Does a License Cost?


 On Time


 Non-Altered Male



 Non-Altered Female







Why Should You License Your Dog?

Licensing your dog is an important way to show you care for your pet. Dogs which are licensed are guaranteed to be free of rabies. Additionally, your dog's license number allows you to be identified and notified if your dog should stray and be picked up by Animal Control Officers. Licensed dogs are held longer in the Animal Shelter if they are picked up stray. By licensing your dog on time, you pay the lowest possible licensing fees, and avoid potential fines for failing to license your dog. Finally, you should license your dog because it is the law.

A license tag on your dog will:

  • Help get it home safely if lost.
  • Reduce the chance of theft.
  • Show that your dog is vaccinated against rabies.

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