When do I need to purchase a license?
Michigan law requires all dogs must be licensed at 4 months of age. Purchase a license within 30 days of acquisition or if you are a new resident in Charlevoix County. A rabies certificate is required.
My dog has a rabies tag. Do I need a license?
Yes, it's the law. A Dog License is the only ID that can be quickly traced. It's the best protection your dog has.
My dog is a house dog. It never gets out. Do I need a License?
Yes, all dogs go out sometime. What if she runs out when the door is open? It is the house dog who never leaves the yard that can easily become lost if they venture just a little bit. Think of the license as an insurance policy.
What happens if I don't license my dog?
Failure to license your dog could result in fines and court costs. And, you'll be required to buy a Dog License with an added late fee.
I recently moved to Charlevoix County and my dog is already licensed in our prior county. Do I need to get another license in Charlevoix County?
Yes, your dog needs to be licensed in the county it resides in. The license must be purchased within 30 days of residency.
My dog died and now I have a new dog. Can I use the same license for the new dog?
No. A license tag cannot be transferred to another dog.
I gave my dog to my friend. Does she/he have to buy a new license?
No, the license tag can stay with the dog until it expires if its within the same county. Please call the Treasurer's office with new owner information. (231-547-7202)
When does my dog license expire?
Charlevoix County offers 1 & 3 year licenses. When the rabies expires is the deciding factor in determing whether you can purchase a 1 year or a 3 year license; this is because we can only license the dog up through the end of the month that the rabies expires. You do have 30 days from the license expire date to renew before you are charged a delinquent fee.
What is the cost of a dog license?
|Type of License||1-Year||3-Year|
|Male/Female- Not Spayed or Neutered||$ 10.00||$ 30.00|
|Male/Female Spayed or Neutered||$ 5.00||$ 15.00|
Male/Female Not Spayed or Neutered
|$ 20.00||$ 40.00|
Male/Female Spayed or Neutered
|$ 10.00||$ 20.00|
How do I apply for a Kennel License?
Contact the Charlevoix County Animal Control at 231-582-6774