Dog Licenses

Requirements
Michigan Law requires dogs over 4 months of age, newly purchased/ acquired, or are just becoming Michigan residents obtain a Michigan Dog License.
 
Importance of Licensing
  • Excellent identification system: Licensing your pet provides us the information needed to inform individuals or Animal Control of your contact information if your lost pet is found.
  • It ensures that your dog is rabies vaccinated.
  • It provides proof that the dog legally belongs to you.
  • It's the law.

First Time License Purchases
Please stop by  office or one of our authorized Licensing Locations.  Please bring your current/valid rabies certificate. A certificate of sterilization is also required if the information is not stated on the rabies certificate or is incorrect.  Rabies certificates will be returned to you for your records

Renewing Licenses
We will notify you via mail 1 to 2 months before your license expires.  

If your veterinarian is one of our authorized Licensing Locations you may purchase a new license when your dog receives their rabies vaccination.

You can also renew in person at our office or via mail.  You will be required to provide a current and valid rabies certificate.  A certificate of sterilization is also required if the information is not stated on the rabies certificate or is incorrect.  At this time we do not accept credit card payments for dog licenses.  Rabies certificates will be returned to you for your records.

Payments can be mailed to our office:

Grand Traverse County Treasurer's Office
400 Boardman Ave.
Traverse City, MI  49684

Please make checks payable to:  "G.T. County Treasurer".  DO NOT send cash.

Please reference your phone number on your check so we may contact you if we have questions on your renewal.

Replacements
Has Fido lost his collar or is your license number no longer legible?  Stop by our office and we can assist getting you a free replacement!

Licensing Fees

Effective January 1, 2008
Type
Non-Sterilized Licensing Fee
Sterilized Licensing Fee
Puppy $5 $5
1-YR
$20 $10
2-YR
$30 $15
3-YR
$40 $20

Microchips & Tattoo Identifications
For Microchip implantation and registration for dogs contact your veterinarian. A statewide tattoo identification registry for dogs is maintained by the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA). For additional information, please call 517-241-2748 or visit the MDA website. Published pursuant to PA 55one of 2006.