Dog Licensing Program

How to License Your Dog

Apply for a dog license at your local Town Clerk's office and follow these instructions:

  • The owner will need if the dog is spayed or neutered - a certificate from a licensed veterinarian or an affidavit from the owner showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered unless this proof is already on file with the clerk. Sometimes this information is on the Rabies Certificate.
  • All dogs three months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or a certificate stating why the life of the dog would be endangered by the vaccine, and a check payable to the Town Clerk for the appropriate license fee. After the application and appropriate certificates are filed and the license fee has been paid, the Town Clerk will validate the License for one year. Each dog is assigned a permanent official identification (ID) number and issued a metal ID tag, which is to be attached to the dog's collar.
  • For guide dogs, war dogs, hearing dogs, police work dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, or detection dogs as of January 1, 2003, satisfactory proof is required, such as a training certificate, etc. for licenses. If adequate information provided there is no fee for a service dog in the Town of Poughkeepsie- but the license still needs to be kept up to date.


Mail into Town Clerk's Office at the following address a check made out to "Town of Poughkeepsie":
1 Overocker Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


  • $8 for spayed or neutered dogs
  • $18 for unsprayed or neutered dogs

If mailing in for license, you must enclose a self-addressed, stamped, envelope for your receipt and dog tag.


No refund will be made after a license has been validated.