Dog Licensing Program

What Dogs Must Be Licensed?
Every dog, regardless of age, owned or harbored in New York State for longer than 30 days must be licensed in the town, city or village where the dog is being harbored. The following are the only license exemptions:

  1. If the dog is under four months of age and not running-at-large (off the owner’s premises).
  2. Dogs harbored in New York City (these dogs must be licensed by the NYC Clerk).
  3. If a non-resident brings a dog into New York State for less than 30 days and the dog is licensed according to the resident state’s licensing laws.
  4. Dogs confined to the premises of any public or private hospital, research institution or a Class A Dealer with a certificate of exemption from Ag and Markets.

How to License Your Dog ~ Apply for a dog license here 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 info 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 info provided there is no fee for a service dog in the Town of Poughkeepsie- but license still needs to be kept up to date.

You may also download a form here: LOVE ME LICENSE ME

Mail into Town Clerk’s Office, 1 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603- with check made out to “Town of Poughkeepsie”

$8.00 for spayed or neutered dog / $18.00 for unsprayed or neutered dogs. If mailing in for license, you must enclose Self Addressed, STAMPED, envelope for your receipt and DOG TAG.


If you have any additional questions, please contact us at:
(845) 485 - 3620.