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Dog Licensing

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New York State law requires that all dog owners license their dogs, and the New York City Health Code requires that dog owners attach the license tag to their dog’s collars while in public. Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws.

A dog license costs $8.50 per year for spayed or neutered dogs or $34 per year for non-spayed or neutered dogs. Dog licenses may be purchased or renewed for 1 to 5 years.

You can apply for a New York City dog license or renew an existing license online. You can also download the application or call 311 to request to have a paper copy mailed to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recent Changes to Dog Licenses (PDF)

Enter the Online Dog Licensing System

Become a Dog Licensing Partner

Same-Day Licensing and Dog Tag Distribution Get Your License Right Away!

Dog owners attending a licensing event will not be cited for not having a license and the $2 late fee for renewing an expired license will be waived.

All major credit cards, debit cards, money orders and checks are accepted. Cash is not accepted.

Dog Licensing Events

Get your dog license tag right away! You can also apply for a renewal or replace a lost tag.

The NYC Dog eLocator helps reunite lost, licensed dogs and their owners. Click here if you lost your dog or if you found a dog with a license tag.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of dog licensing?
  • Licensing helps reunite lost dogs with their owners. See the dog eLocator system for more information.
  • With proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination, your dog can run off-leash in New York City park dog runs.
  • Licensing can help reunite a dog and its owner in case of separation during an emergency.
  • Information about licensed dogs simplifies medical follow-up for individuals potentially exposed to infected dogs, especially important during rabies outbreaks.
  • Licensing fees provide funding for the city’s animal shelter system and free/low cost spay and neuter programs for low income dog and cat owners. 
How much does a dog license cost?

The annual dog licensing fee is $8.50 for spayed or neutered dogs or $34 for non-spayed or neutered dogs. This fee applies to new dog licenses and renewals.

For new licenses, you must either submit a copy of the certificate of spay/neuter from your veterinarian with your application, or complete and notarize the affidavit on the back of the application.

How do I apply for a new dog license?

You can apply for a New York City dog license or renew an existing license online. You can also download the application or call 311 to request to have a paper copy mailed to you.

When will I receive the license?

You will receive your dog license about two to four weeks after payment is processed. You can check the application status three weeks after payment is processed by calling 311.

How do I renew a dog license?

You will receive a renewal notice in the mail which you can return with payment. You can allso renew an existing license online.

How do I replace a lost license tag or certificate?

There is a $1.00 fee for replacing a lost tag. You can request a replacement online, or send a written request to the address below. Please include a check or money order for $1.00, payable to NYC DOHMH.

There is no fee for replacing a dog license certificate. Please send a written request.

Written requests for tag and certificate replacements should include your name and address and the dog’s name and license number. Please mail the requests to:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Veterinary Public Health Services,
Dog Licensing Unit
125 Worth Street, CN 61
New York, NY 10013
How do I update my contact information or my dog’s status?

It is important to keep your contact information up to date, and to notify the Health Department if your dog dies or changes owner. If you are registered on the Dog License Registration System, you can update this information any time by selecting "My Profile" or clicking on your name.

You can also send a written request with your name, phone number and/or email address, your dog’s license number and the updated contact or status information to:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Veterinary Public Health Services,
Dog Licensing Unit
125 Worth Street, CN 61
New York, NY 10013
Service Dogs

In addition to the mandatory dog license, owners may request a free service dog tag for service animals.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animals as "animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities – such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets."

Call 311 to request an application.

Note: Business owners, including operators of food establishments, must abide by the requirements of the ADA with respect to service dogs and allow access to their establishments or facilities regardless of whether the dog is wearing a service tag or not. A person with a disability accompanied by a service dog is not required by law to show proof of disability or that the animal is a service animal. Call 311 for additional information. 

Guard Dogs

Pursuant to Health Code § 161.09, all trained guard dogs must be licensed and registered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and wear a guard dog tag at all times. The fee to register a trained guard dog is $10.00. In addition, guard dogs must have a microchip implanted as a permanent form of identification. Owners must supply the identification number to the Health Department.

Guard dog owners and those in control of the premises where a trained guard dog is kept are required to post clear, legible and durable signs warning the public of the presence of the trained guard dog. The sign must include the owner’s name and contact information.

People who train, sell or rent guard dogs must post a durable sign or notice, clearly and legibly printed, notifying clients about compliance with the Health Code’s licensing, tagging, micro-chipping and signage requirements.

Call 311 to apply for a guard dog license or for more information about guard dog requirements.


Become a Dog Licensing Partner

Dog Licensing Partners sell dog licenses using the NYC Online Dog Licensing system. Partners receive $1 for every dog license they sell. Any animal-related business or organization can apply to be a Dog Licensing Partner, including pet shops, animal rescue organizations, shelters, pet dealers, pet supply stores, and veterinarians.

To apply to become a Partner, enter the Online Dog Licensing system and select the "Partner" tab to begin. Enter all required information (shown in red and marked with an asterisk [*]) in the licensing application form, create your password and answer the security questions. Applicants must be approved by the NYC Health Department.

The NYC Health Department will review your application, reach out to you to discuss enrollment, and let you know if you have been accepted. Once your organization is enrolled, you may log in with your email address and password. All Partners will receive training on using the online Dog Licensing System. For more information, call 311.