Dog Licenses

The City Clerk issues licenses to individuals who own or keep a dog in the City of Worcester. 

Why Get a Dog License?

  • City Ordinance requires all dogs to be licensed.
  • It's State Law. If you do not license your dog, you'll be fined $50.00.
  • A dog license is like an ID for your dog. If they ever get lost, having a license increases the chances of being reunited. Additionally, all licensed dogs must have a valid rabies certificate promoting greater public health.

How to Obtain a Dog License

  • Licenses are issued each year, expiring on March 31. The renewal period for said licenses begins April 1 and goes until May 31. Licenses renewed after the renewal period may be subject to a late fee.
  • To obtain a yearly dog license, an owner must provide a valid anti-rabies vaccination certificate and the appropriate fees.
  • Any person who fails to obtain an annual dog license on or before May 31 shall be charged a late fee of $15 in addition to the license fee.

In Person or By Mail

Fill out a Dog License Request Form and submit to the City Clerk's Office or via mail.


  • $30
  • or $25 with veterinarian's certificate of spaying or neutering.
  • Fees will be waived for owners over the age of 70 years, or if the dog qualifies as a service dog pursuant to the definition in the Americans with Disability Act.

Payment Options:

  • In person - Cash, personal check or money order
  • By US Mail - Personal check or money order only
    • Make money order or check payable to "City of Worcester"

Dog License Request Form

Order Online (Renewals Only)

Order a dog license renewal online through Worcester's online payment partner.


  • $30
  • or $25 with veterinarian's certificate of spaying or neutering.

Payment Options: Credit card, debit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Order Online

Search Active Licenses

For your convenience, our Dog License Record Search allows you to search our database for all active dog licenses on file.

(Please select from list)

City Clerk Services - Dog Licenses

City Clerk staff give you an overview of the Dog Licensing process.

Contact Information

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455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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