ALL DOGS, FOUR MONTHS OLD OR OVER,
LIVING IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
MUST BE LICENSED BY THEIR OWNERS IN THE
TOWN OR CITY OF RESIDENCE.
WHEN DO I LICENSE MY DOG?
License a new adult dog immediately. License a puppy as soon as it is 4 months old. The license period runs May 1st through April 30th of each year. License renewals are generally
accepted after March 1st of each year.
WHAT DO I NEED TO LICENSE MY DOG?
State law requires that before a license is issued, the owner or keeper of a dog must furnish proof to the Clerk that the dog has
been vaccinated against rabies. In addition, the annual license fee is less for a dog that has been spayed or neutered. Evidence of the procedure needs to be supplied to the Clerk. Feel free to contact your local
City or Town Clerk if you wish to determine whether or not this information is already on file for your pet.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T LICENSE MY DOG?
Failure to license a dog is a violation of state
law and city/town ordinances. In addition to the annual license fee you will be charged a late fee of $1.00 per month for each month (or part of a month) after June 1. In addition, you are subject to a civil
forfeiture fee of $25.00 due within 15 days after receiving notice of forfeiture. If the forfeiture is not paid, the case will be disposed of in District Court. Additional penalties may apply under local ordinances.