City Ordinance allows for a family to have no more than 3 dogs about their premises.
State law requires you to license your dog by December 31st each year. The license fee is $6.00 for a neutered/spayed dog and $11.00 for an unaltered dog. You may license your dog in person at the Clerk's office or online between October 15 and January 31 without incurring a $25 late fee. Please have your dog's current rabies vaccination certificate ready at the time of licensing.
All dogs need to be licensed upon reaching the age of 6 months in the town where it resides. Or after the dog has been with the family for 10 days, if adopted.
Dog licensing fees support:
- Local Animal Control Officers and State Humane Agents
- Investigation of animal cruelty complaints and enforcement of animal welfare laws
- Compliance with rabies vaccination of dogs
- Care for sick and injured stray animals
- Return of lost dogs to their owners
If you are licensing your dog for the first time:
- You must have a current rabies vaccination certification issued by a licensed veterinarian.
- You must have an accurate description of your dog, including your dog’s name, breed, sex and color.
- You must have a written statement from your veterinarian that clearly states your dog is altered and/or sterile to qualify for the low cost altered license fee.
- You must have the required licensing fee, i.e. $11.00 for unaltered fertile dog and $6.00 for altered or sterile dog.
If you are renewing your dog license:
If your dogs rabies vaccination has expired since the last time you licensed him/her, you will need to show certification of a current rabies vaccination from a Maine licensed veterinarian.
You may now license your dog online:
You will need:
- Credit Card
- License/Tag number (renewal only)
- State of Maine Rabies certificate (must be current)
- Veterinarian's name and phone number
- Spay or Neuter Certificate (if your dog has been "fixed")
Why you should license your dog:
- Because rabies is increasing in Maine, licensing helps to insure public safety by requiring proof of a valid rabies vaccination before a license is issued.
- By licensing your dog you are directly helping in the fight against animal cruelty and abuse. Up to 90% of the dog license fee collected goes directly to the State of Maine Animal Welfare Program to support cruelty investigations.
- By licensing your dog you are demonstrating responsible pet ownership. Displaying a current State of Maine tag on your dog’s collar shows that you have taken a necessary step toward your responsibility to your pet’s well being and the community’s safety.