Dog licensing in New York State

Dog licensing is a service that helps dog safety. Should your dog get lost, a license tag helps identify an owner. It can even provide contact information for your dog’s veterinarian should he or she get lost and need medical care. Dog licensing in New York State are easy.

Dog license fees help pay for the care of lost and orphaned pets; for animal cruelty investigations and other community services that promote animal health and safety.

Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed. This is for traceability in the event of an outbreak in disease, such as rabies. In such instances, the licensee is expected to produce the dog for examination, if required.

Dog licensing in New York State

Dog licensing in New York State

For your dog’s safety, and under New York State law, dogs must be cleared at the age of 4 months and must wear their own municipal tag. In case your dog gets lost, a license tag helps identify an owner and can even provide contact information for your dog’s vet in case your dog is lost and requires medical attention. Getting your dog’s license or renewing a dog license is easy – ask Jax who recently took his new little brother Sully to town hall to register his first license! For complete information on your dog’s license, visit

You’re involved in your community, and want the very best for your pet. Making sure your pet has a proper license – worn on his collar – is one of the best ways to help him get home if he ever gets lost. Benefitpets makes licensing your pets fast and easy! 

Why should I license my dog?

There are many benefits that highlight the importance of licensing your dog every year:

  • It’s the law.  All dogs over three months of age are required by law to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. The tag you receive the first time your dog is licensed should always be attached to their collar. It is proof that your dog has been licensed and will help you avoid a citation and fees for failure to license.
  • Helps prevent rabies. Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to apply for, or renew, a dog license in Maricopa County. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease for humans and animals, and due to widespread vaccinations, there has not been a confirmed case of rabies in a dog in Maricopa County for over 40 years.
  • Free ride home! If your dog is picked up at large by an Animal Control Officer, having a current license and contact information on file means your dog will be returned directly to you that same day (when possible), without your dog having to come into the shelter.
  • It’s life-saving. The fees collected from licensing directly support the daily care of the 30,000 animals that enter the shelter each year; licensing your dog helps all the other dogs and cats at MCACC that are waiting to find their forever homes too.
  • Your dog will be safer. When you license your dog, you are registered as the dog’s owner and your information is saved into our database. If your dog is ever lost, this helps us to more quickly reunite you with your dog.


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