All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must have a current rabies vaccination and a County pet license. A pet license is required even if the dog or cat is always on the owner’s property, is always indoors, or lives on a farm. The rabies tag provided by your veterinarian is NOT a County license — the license must be purchased separately.
Pet licensing fees help support the County’s Animal Services program, and that program is good for people and pets. We provide a safe shelter for homeless, unwanted, abused and neglected pets, provide education and outreach in the community, investigate cases of animal cruelty and neglect, and protect neighborhoods like yours from dangerous dogs.
Pet licensing protects your pet and the community from the deadly rabies virus. Licensing lets people know that your pet is up to date on its rabies vaccinations and provides visual proof that an animal has been vaccinated against rabies.Your pet cannot be licensed unless it is properly vaccinated.
Your pet’s license shows that you are a responsible pet caregiver. When you walk your dog or let your dog run in designated areas, people will notice the license on your dog’s collar and know that you really care about your dog’s welfare.
Plus...It’s the law. In most states, it’s mandatory that pet owners have their pets licensed. If you get caught without a pet license, which can and does happen, you will be hit with a hefty fine.
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For assistance, please call 240.773.5660
Licenses can be purchased through the mail if your dog or cat has a current rabies vaccination. To obtain an application, call the Licensing Unit at 240-773-5660 or print this application and mail to:
Residents of the municipalities of Rockville and Gaithersburg must license their pets with their respective municipality. For pet licensing information Rockville City residents should call 240-314-8937 and Gaithersburg City residents should call 301-258-6343.