Dog Licenses

Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet. Citizens should also know that by licensing their dog they are directly fighting animal cruelty and abuse. Most people do not realize that up to 90% of their dog license fees go directly to the Maine Animal Welfare Program. Dog license fees account for 95% of the State Animal Welfare Program's entire funding and without these fees the State would be unable to protect the animals of this state.

Timeline

All dogs 6 months and older must have a license. If you become the owner of a dog 6 months or older, the dog must be licensed within 10 days. All licenses must be renewed every year.

All dog licenses expire December 31st of each year. Dog Licensing can be done at the City Clerk's Office, online, or by mail beginning October 15th of each year.

Obtaining a Dog License

In order to obtain a license for your dog, the owner must present a current Rabies Certificate obtained from a veterinarian (if a valid certificate is not already on file). You will also need to bring proof that the dog is spayed or neutered, if applicable. If you have already shown proof of spay/neuter to the City Clerk's Office of this, additional proof is not necessary each year.  

  • Online. You can register your dog online between October 15th and January 31st. There is an additional fee of $1 to license your dog online. 
    • After this January 31st, all renewals must take place in person or by mail.
  • By Mail. Download the Register Dog via Mail Form and follow the instructions to license your dog through the mail.
  • In Person. You may obtain a dog license in person at City Hall during our normal business hours. 

Cost

  • $6 per year for a spayed/neutered dog
  • $11 per year if not spayed/neutered

Late Fee

There will be a late fee of $25 if you re-license your dog after January 31st. Failure to license your dog is considered a civil violation, subject to a court summons and a fine of up to $100.

Additional Information

Please feel free to contact the City Clerk's Office with any questions you may have or if you no longer own your dog so we may update our list.