Dog Licensing Information

Licensing Requirements

All citizens in the state of Michigan are required to license their dogs four months or older. A current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed Michigan veterinarian is required in order to license dogs. There is no reciprocity for out of state dog licenses, however, dog licenses from other Michigan counties are recognized. We begin selling licenses for the upcoming year on December 1st, and the deadline for a dog license purchase is May 31st. Licenses are only valid for the calendar year (January 1st - December 31st) and must be renewed annually.

License Fees

Type of FeeFee
Intact Dogs$15
Spayed/Neutered Dogs$10
Late Fee (After May 31st)$30


Dog licenses may be purchased in person at the County Treasurer's Office, the Animal Control shelter, and at many of the township offices. A valid vaccination certificate must be presented at the time of purchase. 

Note that the animal shelter only takes cash or checks but the Treasurer's Office will take cards as well. Licenses required after the May 31st deadline can only be purchased at the Animal Control shelter, the Treasurer's Office, and at the Delta Township Office.

Online Services

All revenue taken in from dog licenses supports Eaton County Animal Control. Licensing protects public health and welfare and helps assure the safety of your pet.