Dog License

In New York State, dogs are required by law to be licensed annually. Dogs that are four (4) months or older must be licensed. Local municipalities became responsible for licensing dogs on January 1, 2011. (Prior to 2011, New York State was responsible for sending dog license renewal notices, providing identification tags, and maintaining a state-wide database.)

The Town Clerk's Office issues dog licenses and identification tags for dogs owned by Penfield residents. There is no license application form, but copies of documents proving rabies vaccination and spay/neuter status are required to receive a license. Once a dog is licensed, the license and tag will be mailed to the owner.  

If a dog owner does not renew a license in a timely manner or ignores renewal notifications, an appearance ticket from the Office of Animal Control will ultimately be issued, with the possibility of a fine. Residents must also notify the Town Clerk's Office if they no longer own the dog.

Help us keep our records up to date

Please notify the Town Clerk’s Office of any changes to your dog’s status. 

  • Has the dog received an updated rabies vaccination?
  • Has the dog been spayed or neutered?
  • Has the owner turned 65 since the dog's last renewal?
  • Has the owner (or dog) moved to a new home?
  • Does the owner have a new phone number or email address? 
  • Is the dog deceased?

Dog license requirements

To license a dog in New York State and the Town of Penfield you need:

  • A current certificate of rabies vaccination. If your dog’s rabies vaccination has expired since the last time you licensed your dog, or the rabies certificate expires within thirty (30) days of the license renewal period, you must provide a new certificate of rabies vaccination.
  • A certificate of proof that your dog has been spayed or neutered if one is not already on file with the Town Clerk.
  • Payment of fees to the Town of Penfield (see fees to determine the amount). Pay by cash, check, or credit card ($3.00 convenience fee).

Bring the above documents in person to the Town Clerk’s Office at the Penfield Town Hall or mail* to: Penfield Town Clerk, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York, 14526.

*If mailing, include fee payment by check, payable to the Town of Penfield

Dog license fees

  • Unspayed/Unneutered Dogs (includes state-mandated $3.00 surcharge) $20.00
  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs (includes state-mandated $1.00 surcharge) $10.00
  • Senior Owner* (65+ years of age) of a Spayed/Neutered dog $5.00
  • Senior Owner* (65+ years of age) of an Unspayed/Unneutered dog $15.00

* Please note "Senior Citizen" on renewal

If a dog is licensed as a result of a dog "census/enumeration" conducted by the Town, there is an additional $5.00 fee mandated under New York State law.

If a dog is impounded, pick-up and boarding fees will apply.

How to renew a dog license online

Dog licenses may be renewed online only if your dog's rabies information is current in the Town Clerk’s database.

To update, you may email proof of rabies vaccination or spay/neuter status.

A convenience fee of $1.75 is added to each online renewal.

Renew your dog’s license online:

Rabies Vaccination

All dogs four (4) months or older must have proof of rabies vaccination with date and type of vaccine (one or three years). If not vaccinated, provide a certificate from a licensed veterinarian stating why the dog’s life would be endangered by the vaccine.

Spay/Neuter (if applicable)

Spay/neuter is not required but does reduce license cost. Present a certificate of proof from a licensed
veterinarian at the time of licensing.

Training Certificates (if applicable)

There is no fee for licensing guide dogs, hearing dogs, service dogs, war dogs, working search dogs, detection dogs, police work dogs, or therapy dogs; however, a license is still required. To obtain a no-fee license, provide satisfactory proof that the dog has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal.

The ONLY exceptions are:

  • Dogs under four (4) months of age not running at large; and
  • Dogs belonging to non-residents visiting New York State for fewer than 30 days when the dog is licensed according to the licensing laws of the dog’s resident state


Dog licensing requirement, procedures, and fees Section 90-5 of the Town Law and Code

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Monroe County, NY - Dog Parks

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