What do I need to license my dog?

State law requires that before a license is issued, the owner of the keeper of a dog must furnish proof to the town or city clerk that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.

New dog: The owner or keeper will need to produce a valid rabies vaccination certificate showing the dog's information with a valid rabies expiration date. In addition, if the dog has been spayed or neutered, the owner or keeper will need to show a copy of the spay or neuter certificate. Copies of rabies and spay or neuter certificates will be accepted in person, through the mail, fax, or email.

Renewal for an existing dog: The owner or keeper will need to show a copy of an updated rabies vaccination certificate with a valid rabies expiration date. In addition, if the dog has been spayed or neutered since the last registration, the owner or keeper will need to show a copy of the spay or neuter certificate. Copies of rabies and spay or neuter certificates will be accepted in person, through the mail, fax, or email.

By State law, veterinarians are required to notify the Town Clerk when a rabies vaccination is issued. When this occurs, you will then receive a postcard in the mail from the Town Clerk's Office reminding you to license your dog if your dog has not already been licensed.

The Town Clerk's Office mails out yearly reminders to owners with currently registered dogs reminding them that dog licenses are due April 30th.

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