Dog Licensing

Apply in Person. By Mail. Online

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

Dog License Fees:

  • Neutered $10.00
  • Not Neutered $15.00


What You Need for A Dog License

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


Dog Licensing Requirements:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • The license tag will be mailed to the mailing address you provide


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