In Michigan, all dogs 4 months of age and older are required to be licensed in the county you reside. If you have just acquired your dog, you have 30 days to license it. If your puppy is less than 4 months old, you have until it is 4 months old to license it.
College Students with Dogs
Did you bring your dog with you to school? You too, must also license your dog. You may choose to license your dog in the county you’re living in now, or you can license it in the county you came from if your permanent address is in Michigan as well, but in either case, the tag must be on your dog at all times.
Some other states do not require a license, and only require a Rabies tag. In Michigan, even dogs with a Rabies tag must have a separate license tag issued by the county you’re currently living in.
Proof of Rabies is Required
Anyone applying for a dog license must provide proof of Rabies signed by a licensed veterinarian. Every time you Rabies vaccinate your dog, the vet clinic will give you a rabies certificate or other proof of the vaccine. Save this paper and bring it with you to Animal Services, the Treasurer, or your licensing agency. At this time of year, those selling licenses are extremely busy and likely won’t be able to call your vet for you to get your proof of Rabies. It’s part of your pet-parent responsibilities to have this documentation with you, so make sure you have it, or call your vet in advance and get a duplicate copy if you’ve lost yours.
Some counties do things differently!
Michigan requires it, but they’ve left it up to each county to figure out how to manage it. Make sure you know the requirements in the county you reside in, because if you’ve recently moved from one county to another, things could be a little different than you’re used to.
Service Dogs must be licensed, too!
Your service dog is entitled to a license at no charge, but you must still apply for it on time. Service dogs are different from emotional support dogs and therapy dogs. For questions about service dog licensing requirements, contact your local dog licensing agency.
Where to get your License in Kalamazoo County
In Kalamazoo County, licenses are issued for 1 year at a time. All renewals are due March 1 and can be purchased at Kalamazoo County Animal Services or the county Treasurer. Many veterinarians are also selling them, so if you’re upping your Rabies vaccine this week, don’t forget to ask your get to sell you a license too!
Kalamazoo County Residents can visit or mail your license information to:
Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement
2500 Lake St
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
KCASE also has a convenient drop box in their lobby, so you can put your renewal, proof of rabies and payment in an envelope and drop it off in the box without having to wait in line during regular business hours!
Residents outside of Kalamazoo County
Check with your own licensing agent to find out more about fees and due dates. Here’s a quick list of whom to contact:
Southwest Michigan Area dog licensing agencies can be reached at the following numbers:
• Allegan County residents call the Allegan County Treasurer’s Office at 269-673-0260
• Barry County residents call the Barry County Animal Control at 269-948-4885
• Berrien County residents call the Berrien County Animal Control at 269-471-7531
• Branch County residents call the Branch County Animal Control at 517-639-3210
• Calhoun County residents call the Calhoun County Treasurer’s Office at 269-781-0807
(Residents in the Battle Creek City Limits must purchase from the Battle Creek City Offices)
• Cass County residents call the Cass County Treasurer’s Office at 269-445-4468
• Kalamazoo County residents call Kalamazoo County Animal Services at 269-383-8775
• Kent County residents call the Kent County Animal Control at 616-632-7100
• St. Joe County residents call the St. Joe County Animal Control at 269-467-6475
• Van Buren County residents call the Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office at 269-657-8228