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Pet Licensing and Rabies Information

State of NJ Dog Licensing Requirements  

Annual Licensing Fees are as follows:
Dog :  Regular (not altered) $12.00 . . . . . . Altered $8.00
Cat :   Regular (not altered) $11.00 . . . . . . Altered $6.00

  • All dogs and cats 7 months and older must be licensed each year between January 1st and March 1st
  • New residents are required to license pets within 30 days of residency, with the exception of pets previously licensed in other New Jersey municipalities during the current calendar year 
  • Penalty fees for late renewal

                             after March 1st     $10 per pet
                             after April 1st        $15 per pet
                             after May 1st        $20 per pet

  • All pets shall have their own license tag number
  • City ordinance limits the number of pets by one owner to a total of six (6)

Licenses may not be renewed if the rabies vaccination status does not meet the State Department of Health requirement -- rabies vaccinations must not expire prior to November 1st of the current license year. See the Rabies Vaccination Waiver below for exceptions. 

State Statute 4:22-17    Animal Cruelty; certain acts, crime; degrees.
State Statute 4:22-26    Penalties for various acts constituting cruelty.
Guide to Prevention of Animal Cruelty Laws


Complete guidelines, with references to City Ordinances, can be found in the Department's Pet Manual.

To view/print a copy of the Pet Manual in English, click here.

Print Application for new Dog/Cat license
Verification of spay/neuter (if applicable) and rabies vaccination required