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 -Call the City Clerk's Office at 734-994-2725 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


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."

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