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Dog License Information

Michigan Compiled Law 287.266 requires that all dogs over 4 months old MUST have BOTH a current rabies vaccination AND a current dog license. Dog Licenses must be obtained by March 1, 2020, or as soon as a puppy has its first rabies shot (around 4 months old) License fees for puppies under 7 months old are $10 (neutering not required). After that date penalties apply.

Van Buren County offers both a 1-year and a 3-year dog license. In order to purchase a license, your dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Current is defined as either:

  1. 30 days remaining in order to purchase a 1-year license, or 
  2. Expiring after April 1st of the year the license expires for a 3-year license (to purchase a 3-year license, vaccination expiration date would have to be April 1, 2022 or later.)

Dog license fees:

For licenses purchased December 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020:
1 year spayed/neutered     $10.00
3 year spayed/neutered     $30.00
1 year ‘unaltered’ dog        $20.00
3 year ‘unaltered’ dog        $60.00

For licenses purchased March 2, 2020 – November 30, 2020 (penalty period)
1 year spayed/neutered     $20.00
3 year spayed/neutered     $40.00
1 year ‘unaltered’ dog        $40.00
3 year ‘unaltered’ dog        $80.00

For application and complete instructions, please click the link below.