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Posted on: January 2, 2024

2024 Dog Licenses


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2024 Dog Licenses: Available starting Tuesday, January 2, 2024 through March 31, 2024.

The Town of Dartmouth has upgraded the dog licensing process. You will now be able to license and renew your dog(s) license online. We are using a program through Lynxlog.  We have included the instructions below.  You will be able to begin licensing your pet beginning January 1, 2024.

Your 2024 dog application/renewal instructions are included below. The recommended 2024-year dog license renewal method will be on-line, utilizing the website URL listed below. You can also start the dog license renewal or application process on your mobile device using the QR code provided below. Please be sure to update all of your contact and dog information in the provided on-line form. Also be sure to upload your dog’s rabies vaccination certificate in the appropriate section of the electronic form, otherwise your renewal/ application will not be approved.

We will be able to help you with the process, if necessary, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday in the Town Clerk’s Office from 8:30AM-4:30PM.


Dog license application or renewal online:

  1. Go to 
  2. All dog renewals and applications will require you to confirm your information using the “New Customer” logon link.
  3. Once you have confirmed your identity with the returned emailed link, you can then access your renewal/ application form.
  4. You must upload your valid dog’s rabies vaccination certificate in the appropriate form area as either a PDF document or fully readable picture of the certificate.
  5. Be sure to click Save at the bottom.  This will save and submit your renewal / application form to the town.
  6. The Clerk’s office will then review your application and email an acceptance or rejection response with further instructions.

According to Massachusetts General Laws, the owner or keeper of a dog over the age of 6 months shall obtain a license for the dog from the Town Clerk. The owner of the dog needs to provide the Town Clerk with a veterinary certification that the dog was vaccinated for rabies. If the dog has not been registered in Dartmouth prior to this year, or is newly altered, a copy of the certificate from the veterinarian who spayed or neutered the dog must also be included. Please refer to M.G. L. Chapter 140, Sections 136A - 174E  for more details regarding these requirements.

Registration Period & Late Fees

All dogs, ages six months and older, must be licensed on or before APRIL 1st of each year. A late fee of $5/dog/month will be assessed after April 1, 2024.

Fees Per Dog

  • Male/Female: $20
  • Spayed/Neutered: $15
  • Replacement tag: $2

Kennel Licenses (5 or More Dogs)

  • Kennel application fee: $100
  • Kennel amendment fee: $65
  • 5 to 10 dogs: $65
  • 11 to 25 dogs: $100
  • 26 or more dogs: $300

For more information and explanations/definitions regarding kennel licenses, please refer to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 136A - 174E. If you have specific questions about your kennel and related fees, feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office.

Please note: Fees are non-refundable.

Over 70 Dog Licensing Information

No fee shall be charged for any individual dog license where the owner of the dog is a person that is at least seventy (70) years old at the time of licensing and submits to the Town Clerk, government-issued documentation that demonstrates said age. Documentation in support of a reduced price or fee must be provided to the Town Clerk at the time that the license is issued; no refund shall be issued in response to such documentation being provided subsequent to the issuance of an individual license.

Please note: You need to license your dog every year. You will be subject to the late fees if you do not license by April 1st.

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