Dog Licenses
Livingston County
Animal Shelter

418 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
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Dog Licenses

Dog Licenses

The State of Michigan requires ALL dogs over 4 months to be current with rabies vaccine and to have a Michigan dog license. You may purchase a one or three year dog license:           

Fee Type1 Year3 Year
Altered dog (proof required)$10$25
Unaltered dog$25$60
In order for your license to be good for 1 year or 3 years, your rabies vaccine has to be good the entire time.
  • 1 Year Example:  If it is January 1, 2014, and you try to buy a license, and your rabies expires on August 1, 2014.  Your license will only be good until August 1, 2014.
  • 3 Year Example:  If it is January 1, 2014 and you want to buy a 3 year license, your rabies has to be good for all 3 years, until January 1, 2017.  If it expires a few months before January 1, 2017, you can only buy a 1 year license.

The goal is to have you get your dog's rabies vaccine and then buy a license on the same time schedule. 

Therefore, when you renew your dog's rabies vaccine, you would renew your license at the same time for the same time period.

A license must be purchased within 30 days of:
  •   Purchasing or acquiring a new dog
  •   A puppy turning 4 months of age
  •   Becoming a Michigan resident
  •  The expiration date of the prior license
Where to buy a dog license: 
State of Michigan dog licenses can be purchased at the County Treasurer’s Office, located in the historical courthouse in downtown Howell, your local municipality or Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter.


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Does my dog need a license?,

The State of Michigan requires that ALL dogs over 4 months of age have proof of a current rabies vaccine AND a Michigan dog license. This is a State law, and violating this law may result in a misdemeanor ticket. Please visit our Dog License page for more information on the cost of a dog license and how to obtain one.

Where can I buy a dog license?,

State of Michigan dog licenses can be purchased at the Treasurer’s Office. The Treasurer’s Office is located in the old court house in downtown Howell at 200 E. Grand River Avenue. Dog licenses can also be purchased at your local municipality and Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter.