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Dog Registration FAQ

http://www.chicityclerk.com/community-affairs/dog-registration


How do I register my dog?

Dog registration is available online: http://chicityclerk.com/ezbuy/
and at all City Clerk office locations. Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You can also call 312-744-DOGS to have an application mailed to you.

What are the benefits of licensing my dog?

  • A portion of the money from registration fees adds to City funds directed to Animal Care & Control.
  • Your dog’s registration tag assists in finding your lost pet. The person who finds your dog calls our office at 312-744-DOGS with your registration number (on your dog’s tag). We then reunite you with your lost pet.
  • Your dog must be registered with the city when taking it to an animal care facility that boards or provides dog daycare services.
  • Dog registration is used to obtain your required permit to enter Chicago Park District dog-friendly area. Permits to enter these areas are available at participating vet offices and are valid Jan 1 through Dec 31.

How much does a dog license cost?

  • Sterilized dog (neutered male, spayed female): $5.00
  • Sterilized dog with a Chicago owner over age 65: $2.50
  • Unsterilized dog: $50.00
  • Unsterilized dog with a Chicago owner over age 65: $5.00

Replacement licenses are half the otherwise applicable fee, a maximum of $20.00. For the year permits, simply multiply the above permit fee by 3.

What do I need to bring in order to license my dog?

Owners of dogs must provide the most recent rabies certificate, proof of sterilization (e.g., proof of adoption from an animal shelter), and proof of age for senior discounted fees.

Where do I register my dog?

Dog registration is available online: http://chicityclerk.com/ezbuy/ and at all City Clerk office locations. Offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office of the City Clerk
City Hall, Room 107
121 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602
312-744-6861

Satellite Offices

5430 W Gale St
Chicago, IL 60630
312-742-5319

5674 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60638
312-745-1100

When does the license expire?

The dog emblem expires at one or three year intervals. It expires one year from the month it which you purchased it, as long as the rabies vaccination is still valid. For example, if you purchase your emblem 2 months after the rabies vaccination, your emblem will only be good for the remaining 10 months.

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