The State of New Jersey requires that all dogs over the age of 7 months be licensed.
The Board of Health encourages all dog owners (and cat owners if required by your town)to license their pets with the town. This is the law, and compliance brings benefits to you, your pet and the community.
There are many reasons to register and license your pet.
- You can think of your pet’s license as a way to ensure a free ride home in case it is lost. Anyone who has lost a pet knows how we worry about them until they are safe at home. The license tag can be quickly used to find your name and address and the authorities can notify you. This will bring about a quick reunion.
- Licensing is a way for the community to ensure that pets are vaccinated against rabies, a terrible disease that is fatal to dogs and cats.
- The fees from licensing stay in the community and help fund rabies clinics and support the animal control efforts in your community.
- The cost of the license is far less than the fine imposed if your dog is found without a license.
- Last, but not least, it is the law!
For example, in Paramus the fee for licensing a dog for one year is $12 if spayed/neutered and $15 if the dog is intact. A 3 year license is $30 if spayed/neutered and $40 if intact. In order to license your pet, you will need proof of rabies vaccination.
Thanks to the International Fund for Animal Welfare for making this information available.
For more information on how to license your pet, contact the Paramus Health Officer at
(201) 265-2100 Ext: 2300 (or the licensing clerk of your town)
Additional information is available by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.state.nj.us/health/animalwelfare/dog_lic.shtml