When Do I have to license my dog?
All dogs in town must be licensed at 6 months of age in accordance with state law. The cost of the license is $15.00
for a spayed/neutered
dog with a spay/neuter certificate
or documentation from your vet and $20.00
for an intact dog
(or without a spay/neuter certificate
) All dog licenses expire December 31st each year. Dogs must be licensed by January 31st to avoid additional fines. State law and the Town by-law allows for a $50.00 fine to be assessed every 30 days starting February 1st. A rabies certificate is required to obtain a dog license. You may obtain a rabies certificate from your veterinarian.
Renewing Dog Licenses
All dog licenses are renewed on an annual basis according to state law. The re-licensing period in Marblehead for dog licenses is January 1st through January 31st. This office sends out a registration form with the annual census each year.
Payment Options for Dog Licenses
1) On-line: The Town of Marblehead is pleased to enable residents to pay for new and renewed dog licenses online!
Residents using this on-line payment feature can be assured that their bank account information and the payments are encrypted and securely processed*.
the on-line payment feature, please click on the following link:
ONLINE PAYMENT FOR DOG LICENSES
A valid rabies certificate is required by state law to purchase or renew a dog license. For spayed/neutered dogs, the Town Clerk’s Office must also have a spay/neuter certificate or documentation from your veterinarian on file. The new online payment system will require you to upload these documents prior to making your payment.
* The online payment processing is provided by an outside company, City Hall Systems. This company is separate and apart from the Town of Marblehead. A fee of $0.50 per transaction is charged for using the online payment option. If you experience difficulties paying your bill online please call City Hall Systems at 508-381-5455 and they will assist you.
2) In person: You may purchase a new or renewed dog license in person at the Town Clerk's Office. If renewing please contact the office to make sure we have up to date rabies and spay/neuter(if applicable) certificates on file. Please click on the following link for office hours and directions:
Contact Information and Directions
3) By Mail:
You may renew your dog license by mail if you send a copy of your rabies certificate from your vet and appropriate fee. In order to obtain a license for $15.00 you must send a spay neuter certificate or documentation from your vet. If renewing please contact us to see if we have up to date rabies & spay/neuter(if applicable) information. Please click below for the dog license application form.
Dog license application form
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office by phone (781-631-0528) or by e-mail (