Dog Licensing Information & Mail-In Form

Dog Licensing
Due to current COVID-19: Town Clerk, Lillian Drane, would like residents to know that due to the closure of the Town Office Building to the public, dog licensing has been extended until JUNE 30, 2020, late fees will be assessed after July 1, 2020.

We cannot stress enough the importance of licensing your dog!

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 Lakeville prior to this year, or is newly altered, a copy of the certificate or receipt 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.

Dog licensing may be completed at the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours, by mail or online. Please provide a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate showing the expiration date and proof of spaying/neutering (if applicable and not already on file- WE WILL NOT PROCESS THE DOG LICENSE WITHOUT THE RABIES VACCINATION). Also, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if using the Mail-In Registration option.


All dogs, ages six months and older, must be licensed on or before APRIL 30TH, of each year. Failure to do so may result in a $50.00 late fee for each unlicensed dog; after September 30th the late fee increases to $100.00 (per dog). Non-payment could result with a court summons to FOURTH DISTRICT COURT IN WAREHAM, MA.

(Late fees voted by Board of Selectmen 8/24/2016.)

NOTICES ISSUED as follows:

  • January- Town of Lakeville's Annual Town Census mailing will serve as a reminder to renew dog license each year.
  • Late July/August- Invoice/Statements for past due dog licenses
  • October- Citations from Dog Officer- failure to license dog
  • December- Failure to license dog owners sent to Municipal Hearing Officer (Lakeville Police Dept)- to be court summons to Fourth District Court in Wareham, MA
  • Male/Female- $16.00
  • Spayed/Neutered- $10.00
  • Replacement tag- $2.00
  • Kennel with 5 to 10 dogs -$60.00
  • Kennel with 10 to 15 dogs- $120.00

The licensing period is January 2nd - April 30th, as it is for individual dogs; the late fee begins May 1st and is $50.  The requirement to provide proof of rabies vaccinations and proof of spaying/neutering is also the same.  Kennel owners are not currently able to use the on-line payment system as an inspection is required prior to the kennel license being issued.

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.


You may register your dog online if a current rabies certificate is on file. Visit the UniPayGold website here.  There is a convenience fee per dog and the credit card service provider charges a fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Online renewals must have an up to date rabies certificate on file with the Town Clerks office.


The Town of Lakeville's Annual Town Census mailing will serve as a reminder to renew your dog license each year.

If you no longer have a dog, or any questions regarding dog licensing please contact the Town Clerks office at 508-946-8800.

SEE ATTACHEMENT- to download the 2020 Dog Licensing Form.

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