Dog License

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Online Service Fee: A non-refundable service fee will be charged when you purchase a dog license online. The service fee will be added to the amount for your license fee. Review the current license and online service fee structure for dog licenses. 

In Person Options: You do not have to purchase a dog license online, you may also make your payment in person at the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet adoption Center, your local City or Township Clerk’s Office, participating veterinarians or by mail without being charged a service fee.

Paying By Mail: If you pay by mail, you must send a copy of a valid rabies certificate, SASE, and a check or money order in the amount of the corresponding license fee to:

Oakland County Animal Shelter*
1200 N Telegraph Road
Building 42 E
Pontiac, MI 48341

*Make check payable to the same

USING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER                                                                                                           The Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center may use your email address and/or telephone number to notify you of when your dog's license is due and special vaccination clinic events.  Your email address and telephone number will not be sold to third parties but may be provided to third parties under the law.  If you wish to opt out of this notification service, please contact the Animal Shelter at petadoption@oakgov.com.


First Time Visitors

You will be asked for your given name (first name) and family name (last name). Please read the following information carefully before creating an account.

Your Location Matters

If you reside in one of the following Cities, Townships, or Villages listed here, please contact your local Treasurer’s Office for Dog Licensing Information.

If you live in a City, Village or Township that is not listed here, please proceed with purchasing an Oakland County Dog License by either creating an account (first time visitor) OR opening your account (I am a returning visitor).

  • City of Berkley
  • City of Birmingham
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • City of Hazel Park
  • City of Huntington Woods
  • City of Madison Heights
  • City of Oak Park
  • City of Rochester
  • City of Royal Oak
  • City of Southfield
  • Southfield Township

Vaccination Date Requirements

In order to purchase a three-year dog license, your pet's vaccination expiry date must coincide with the date of the dog license. For example, in the year 2022 a three-year dog license will have a year of 2024 (three years out). If you wished to purchase a three-year dog license in 2022, then your dog's rabies vaccination expiration date must run through 2024.

Still confused? contact our helpful staff at 248-452-9890.

Current Licensing

Before you continue, please double check that your pet is not already currently licensed. You can find the year of the tag above the serial number on the front of the tag.

Length of License

Oakland County dog licenses are good for a calendar year (January - December). The year can be found above the serial number on the front of the tag.

There is a grace period to purchase your dog's license for the current rate, January 1st through June 1st. However, most times the dog licenses go on sale December 1st.

Uploading Documents

If you experience difficulty uploading your documents; you can fax them to (248) 858-5841 or email at petadoption@oakgov.com.