Time to License Your Dog

Time to License Your Dog
Posted on 12/17/2019
Time to License Your Dog

New Jersey state law requires that all dog owners license their dogs through the Township Health Department annually. You can think of your pet’s license as a way to ensure a free ride home in case it is lost. The license tag can be quickly used to find your name and address, and the authorities can notify you.

Licensing is also a way for the community to ensure that pets are vaccinated against rabies, a terrible disease that is fatal to dogs and cats. The fees from licensing stay in the community and help fund rabies clinics and support our animal control efforts.

If you have previously licensed your dog, the license expires December 31 of each year. Renewal forms are sent out late December. If you have never licensed your dog or did not receive your renewal form, you may obtain it in person or on the township website. You may return the form by mail or in person.

The fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $12 per dog, and the fee for dogs that are not spayed or neutered is $15 per dog. All dog owners must also include a certificate of rabies vaccination with an expiration date on or after November 1, 2020.

Late fees apply for dogs licensed after March 1. Should you fail to properly license your pet, you may be subject to a summons carrying fines. The cost of the license is far less than the fine imposed if your dog or cat is found without a license.

If you have any questions, please contact the Montclair Health Department Office of Vital Statistics at 973-509-4973.