Do you have to license your dog?

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In order to apply for a dog license, you must provide a certificate showing that your dog is up to date with its rabies vaccinations.

Dogs over four months and older must be licensed.

If you license your dog in one city and then move to another, you may need to apply for a new license.

In most states, it's mandatory that dog owners have their pets licensed. If you get caught without a license, which can and does happen, you will be hit with a hefty fine. Dogs must have a renewed license each year, which must be displayed on them at all times.

Licensing lets people know that your dog is up to date on its rabies vaccinations.

A dog cannot be licensed unless it is properly vaccinated.

Animal control or a Good Samaritan will be much more likely to want to handle and care for your missing pup if they know that it is healthy and sans rabies.


California law requires that all dogs over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and licensed through the local animal care and control agency.

It can be done online quickly, in person at an animal care facility, or through the mail.


It is also Ohio law that all dogs are licensed: All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed.

ORC (Ohio Revised Code) 955.21.

A penalty shall be assessed if dog license is not secured on or before January 31st, or within 30 days after the dog becomes 3 months of age, or is brought from outside the state.


The Chip Truck offers City of Toronto pet licences, a microchip and a rabies vaccine for only $25 for cats and $35 for dogs.

If your pet is already licensed and you just need a microchip and rabies vaccine, you can do it for $10 (with proof of a current city pet licence).


Maricopa County law requires you to have a license and rabies vaccination for all dogs over 3 months of age.

Licensing your dog also provides ID in case your pet is lost.


Pet Licenses.

A Snohomish County pet license is required for all adult dogs and cats residing in unincorporated Snohomish County.

A pet license is required regardless of whether they are kept indoors or outdoors.

Licensing your pet is the best assurance for the safe return of a lost pet.

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