Montgomery County government is now offering online pet licensing services to county residents. County law requires a pet license for all dogs and cats four months of age or older. All that is needed is a current rabies vaccination certificate and a credit card.
A license is required even if a pet is always confined on private property, remains exclusively indoors or lives on a farm. The fine for an unregistered/licensed pet is $100. The fine for not having a dog or cat vaccinated for rabies is $500.
One of the benefits of pet licensing is proof that a pet is up-to-date with its rabies vaccination. A license can only be obtained with proof that a rabies vaccination is current. In the event of an emergency, a license tag greatly expedites contacting the pet owner to ensure that an injured pet gets the most appropriate emergency care.
In addition to the new online licensing program, Montgomery County pet licensing, with written proof of a current rabies vaccination, can also be obtained through the mail or in-person at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.
For more information, go to the “Licensing” icon on the Animal Services and Adoption Center website: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/animalservices.