In accordance with Michigan Law (Michigan Act 339 of 1919 THE DOG LAW) all dogs in the state of Michigan must be licensed every year starting at the age of four months. A dog that is new to Oakland County must be licensed within 30 days. Licenses can be purchased at the Treasurer’s office, through the mail, in person at the Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center at 1200 N Telegraph Road, Building 42E in Pontiac (phone: 248-858-1070) or online.

As of June 2, 2021, people who have not purchased a current year dog license are considered delinquent. Springfield Township does not sell delinquent dog licenses - all delinquent licenses must be purchased directly through Oakland County. Per the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, the cost for a dog license purchased after June 2, 2021 will be $33.00

Dogs require a license in Oakland County in the following situations:

  • Acquiring a new dog
  • Dog becomes four months old
  • Becoming a Michigan resident
  • Expiration of prior license (All licenses are valid for a calendar year and expire on 12/31)

If you are unsure if your license is still valid, check the year on your license. For example, a 2021 license would expire 12/31/2021.

In order to purchase a license, a valid rabies certificate must be presented. Dogs are required to wear the license at all times. Cats do not require a license.

You can order your dog license online by clicking here. There is an additional charge from Oakland County for this service.

Documentation Needed

A valid rabies certificate must be shown every year when obtaining a dog license.

2021 Fees

Current License (Currently licensed dogs, new dogs, new residents, dogs over four months old)

One Year License

Three Year License




Senior Spayed/Neutered (65 years and older)






Senior Male/Female (65 years and older)



Delinquent (after June 1) One Year License  Three Year License 




Male/Female Delinquent $33.00 $66.00 
Senior Spayed/Neutered $33.00 $49.50
Senior Male/Female $33.00 $63.00

Lost Tags

Replacement tags can be issued for no cost at the Treasurer’s office