Dog Licensing


Apply Online or In Person.

A license is proof of ownership and that a dog has been vaccinated against rabies. Each Detroit's license bears a unique identification number that shows your dog is registered to you.

Dog Tag
Dog Tag

What You Need for A Dog License

  • Identification for Owner
  • Proof of Rabies Vaccine
  • Payment (Online, Cash, Check or Money Order - Made Payable to City of Detroit)


Dog Licensing Requirements:

  • You will need proof that your dog is currently vaccinated against rabies prior to applying for a license online. A copy of the rabies certificate bearing the manufacturer, serial number, date the animal was vaccinated, veterinarian's signature and license number must be received prior to a license tag being issued.
  • Licenses will not be issued if there are fewer than 31 days until the rabies vaccine expires. You will need to get your dog vaccination updated prior to applying for a license.
  • A rabies vaccine MUST be given by a veterinarian.
  • Licenses are not transferable between individuals or dogs.
  • The license tag will be mailed to the mailing address you provide.


Dog License Fees:

  • Altered-Neutered or spayed $10.00
  • Unaltered-Not neutered or spayed $15.00

If you have applied for a license, make the application payment


Apply Online using the online application


Apply In Person at Detroit Animal Care and Control Headquarters during normal business hours.

DACC Shelter is closed every 3rd Wednesday of the month for in-service training. We will be available for emergencies only.