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aluminum tag shaped like a bone with 2016 and a unique ID number

A license is proof of ownership and that a dog has been vaccinated against rabies.  Detroit's 2016 license is shaped like a bone and each license bears a unique identification number that shows your dog is registered to you.


Licenses will not be issued if there are fewer than 31 days until the rabies vaccine expires. You will need to get your dog currently vaccinated prior to applying for a license.  A rabies vaccine MUST be given by a veterinarian. Licenses are not transferable between individuals or dogs. 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.

  Online Dog License Registration  

Proof of rabies vaccine

You will need proof that your dog is currently vaccinated against rabies prior to applying for a license online.  A rabies vaccine must be given by a licensed veterinarian and dogs must be re-vaccinated each year or every three years depending on the vaccine.  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.  You will be prompted to provide a photo format of this certificate (a .jpg, .png, .tiff, or a .bmp file) in order to receive a license.

  Download Dog License Form  

You may apply by mail by downloading and filling out dog license form and mailing it along with a legible copy of your rabies certificate to:

Dog Licensing
Detroit Animal Care and Control
3511 W. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48216

or email a legible adobe pdf copy to: [email protected]

Please Note:

  • Dogs over four (4) months must be licensed within 30 days of adoption or purchase.
  • Licenses will not be issued if there are fewer than 31 days until the rabies vaccine expires.
Dog License Fees:
  • Neutered $10.00
  • Not Neutered $15.00

Fee includes shipping and handling. The license tag will be mailed to the mailing address you provide within 2 weeks of submitting proof of rabies vaccination.

Refunds

  • Licenses are not transferable and there is no refund if the dog dies or is sold within the year.
  • Licenses are not transferable between dogs or transferable to different owners.
  • There are no refunds for licenses per City of Detroit Ordinance.

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Contact Information

3511 W. Jefferson
Detroit, Michigan 48216
(313) 224-6356 - main line
(313) 965-9147 - fax