Dog Licensing Information & Mail-In Form

Dog Licensing
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.)


  • 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.


New!  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.

For 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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