Michigan Compiled Law 287.266 requires that all dogs over 4 months old must have both a current rabies vaccination and a current dog license. Dog Licenses must be obtained by March 1 or as soon as a puppy has its first rabies shot (around 4 months old).
Van Buren County offers both a 1-year and a 3-year dog license. In order to purchase a license, your dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Current is defined as either:
30 days remaining in order to purchase a 1-year license
Expiring after April 1 of the year the license expires for a 3-year license (to purchase a 3-year license, vaccination expiration date would have to be April 1 or later)