Dog License Information

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, 2021, or as soon as a puppy has its first rabies shot (around 4 months old) License fees for puppies under 7 months old are $10 (neutering not required). After that date penalties apply.

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:

1. 30 days remaining in order to purchase a 1-year license, or

2. Expiring after April 1st 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, 2023 or later.)

Dog license fees:

For licenses purchased December 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021:

1 year spayed/neutered $10.00

3 year spayed/neutered $30.00

1 year ‘unaltered’ dog $20.00

3 year ‘unaltered’ dog $60.00


For licenses purchased March 2, 2021 – November 30, 2021 (penalty period)

1 year spayed/neutered $20.00

3 year spayed/neutered $40.00

1 year ‘unaltered’ dog $40.00

3 year ‘unaltered’ dog $80.00


For application and complete instructions, please click the link below.