Getting a Dog License in New York City
The Reasons Why You Should get a License (Besides “It’s the law!”)
New York State law requires that all dog owners get licenses for their pups and the New York City Health Code requires every dog owner have a dog license tag attached to their dog’s collar while in public. Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws. Click here for all the info you need from Department of Health.
There are real benefits to getting your pet registered with the city; they’re outlined here:
- Licensing helps reunite lost dogs with their owners.
- With proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination, your dog can run off-leash in New York City park dog runs.
- Licensing can help reunite a dog and its owner in case of separation during an emergency.
- Information about licensed dogs simplifies medical follow-up for individuals potentially exposed to infected dogs, especially important during rabies outbreaks.
- Licensing fees provide funding for the city’s animal shelter system and free/low cost spay and neuter programs for low income dog and cat owners.
A dog license for neutered or spayed canine costs $8.50; $34 for non-spayed or non-neutered. Service dogs get free tags. Guard dogs have special licensing requirements, check those out on the Department of Health website.