Where Do I Get a Dog License?

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Where you must apply for a dog license depends on where you live. In most jurisdictions, the owner's municipality or county issues the licenses, typically annually. The age at which a dog must obtain a license varies, but it's generally earlier than 1 year. Some towns permit online dog license registration.

Getting Your Dog Licensed

Contact your city's health or animal control department, the agencies generally responsible for issuing dog licenses. Officials can give you all the necessary information required for your area. Before licensing your dog, make sure he's current on his rabies vaccination, as such proof is necessary to receive a license. License fees might vary depending on whether your pet is spayed or neutered. If your dog is still able to breed, you could pay a higher amount. Some local governments offer exemptions for certain people, such as those older than 65.


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Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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