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Dog and Kennel Licenses


The Washtenaw County Treasurer sells dog licenses for all residents except those who reside in the following areas:

  • City of Ann Arbor -Click here or call the City Clerk's Office at 734-794-6140 for licensing information.
  • Charter Township of Ypsilanti -Call the Treasurer's Office at 734-484-1002 for licensing information.



Dog Paw

 Simply Click on the dog paw above or the link below and fill out the application. Payment must be made with a credit card. You will be required to fax or upload your valid rabies certificate. A receipt and tag will be mailed to you. If you have any questions about the online application process, please contact us at 734-222-6600.


Pricing Structure

The fee schedule for dog licenses is set by resolution of the County Board of Commissioners, 2014, for licenses sold through the Treasurer's Office.  The annual fees for dog licenses are as follows:

  • Spayed/Neutered Dog

      - $6 a year or partial year
      - $15 for a maximum of 3 years

  • Unaltered Dog

     -$12 a year or partial year
     -$30 for a maximum of 3 years

  • Service Dog - No Charge with proper documentation
      • Per the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) website: "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. (



Dog licenses are sold in accordance with the provisions of the Dog Law of 1919 as amended.

Public Act 339 as amended, MCL 287.261-290, the Dog Law of 1919, option (f) of section 6(c) states:

(f)    That the owner apply for a license by 1 of the following at the owner's option:
        (i) The last day of the month of the dog's current rabies vaccination every year
        (ii) The last day of the month of the dog's current rabies vaccination every third year

All dogs over four months of age must be vaccinated against rabies before a license can be issued.  The vaccinations must remain current in order for owners to obtain annual dog licenses.

Items to include with a completed application

  • A valid rabies vaccination certificate (with a vaccine licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • If applicable, proof of spay/neuter 
  • License fee (credit card required for online application)
  • Proof of Service Dog, if applicable

If you prefer to mail your application a printable application (pdf) if available.  Complete the application and enclose a copy of your dog's current rabies certificate.  Include your check or credit card information and mail to: Catherine McClary, Washtenaw County Treasurer, PO Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645.  Or visit our office in downtown Ann Arbor at 200 N Main Street, Suite 200.  If you have any additional questions, please call us at 734-222-6600. Our customer staff is ready to assist you.


Kennel License Information

Swift Run Dog Park

Animal Control

Michigan Dog Law of 1919, Act 339 (pdf)

A Washtenaw County dog tag could help get your dog back home should it become lost or stolen.  This is your pet's way of "calling home".  A current tag tells animal control officers that a dog has a human companion whose contact information should be on file and rapidly accessible.


Microchip Implantation

Did you know? Microchip implantation and registry is available for your dog. Please contact your veterinarian for details and cost. A statewide tattoo identification registry for dogs is maintained by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Please contact them at (517) 241-2748 or visit and search "tattoo."

New Law for Unlicensed Dogs 
License Your Pup or You’ll Pay Up!

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Civil Infraction Ordinance that requires all dogs be licensed or a citation may be issued with fines of $50 to $500.

If you own an unlicensed dog, you will be issued a violation notice before getting a citation.  If you receive a violation notice, contact the Washtenaw County Treasurer to license your dog and remove the fine.  All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination to receive a license.  You can purchase a license on-line at  Contact the Treasurer at or call 734-222-6600.

Dog licensing is mandated by State law to increase public safety by ensuring all dogs are vaccinated against rabies.  Prior to this new Ordinance, having an unlicensed dog was a misdemeanor offense.  Creating a civil infraction, which includes a fine only if the dog remains unlicensed, decriminalized this offense.  Licensing your dog removes the fine and the infraction.  Enforcement for dog licensing will increase with this new Ordinance.

Washtenaw County has three licensing authorities.  If you live in the City of Ann Arbor, contact the Ann Arbor Clerk at 734-794-6140.  If you live in Ypsilanti Township, call 734-484-1002.  All other residents in Washtenaw County can purchase their dog license from the Washtenaw County Treasurer.  The Treasurer offers on-line dog license applications at  Washtenaw County licenses are offered as a 1 or 3 year license which expires on the expiration of the rabies vaccination.  Licenses are $6/year for a neutered or spayed dog, $12/year for unaltered dogs, and free for service dogs. 

So, make your dog a “Legal Beagle”!  Get an updated rabies vaccination and apply for your dog license today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at: (734) 222-6600 or email
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