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A license is proof of ownership and that a dog has been vaccinated against rabies. Detroit's license is shaped like a heart 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:
Detroit Animal Care and Control
7401 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, MI 48211
or email a legible adobe pdf copy to: DACCLicense@detroitmi.gov
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.
7401 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48211
(313) 224-6356 - main line
(313) 965-9147 - fax