Dog Licenses
Livingston County
Animal Shelter

418 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
Map to our location
Shelter and Administration Phone: 517.546.2154
Fax: 517.546.0232

Non-emergency Complaints - 517.546.9111
Emergencies - 911

Closed for Lunch weekdays: 1-1:30 pm

Animal Viewing Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
11 am-1 pm., 1:30-5 pm.
11 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm
10 am - 3 pm

All Other Business:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:

8 am-1 pm, 1:30-5 pm
8 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm

Dog Licenses

Michigan State Law Requires Licenses For All Dogs Over 4 Months Old

To obtain a dog license, you will need to provide proof of current rabies vaccination and proof of spaying/neutering (if applicable) at the time you purchase the license. By State Statute, this information must be provided EVERY time you renew your dog license.

Where To Buy A Dog License: 

State of Michigan dog licenses can be purchased online or in-person at the County Treasurer’s Office, your local municipality, or the Livingston County Animal Shelter.

Dog License Fees:

Dog License Fees1 Year3 Year*
Current Spayed/Neutered$10.00$25.00
Current Male/Female$25.00$60.00
Replacement License (Lost Tag)

*The rabies vaccination must be valid for the entire 3 year period.


  • Relocating to Livingston County with an existing valid Michigan Dog License; No charge within thirty (30) days from move-in date.
  • Service Dogs* have no charge with proper documentation. *Note - Service Dog Tags are only issued at the Livingston County Treasurer's Office.

License Expirations:

  • Dog License expire when the dog's rabies vaccination expires. 

  • The County Treasurer's office will send reminder postcards to the licensee 60 days prior to the rabies expiration date. Check your rabies expiration date to see if you need to set up an appointment with your veterinarian. 

3 Year Dog Licenses

  • Rabies Vaccination must cover the complete licensing period. You may find that you must purchase 1 year licenses until your dog becomes eligible for a 3 year license.