About licensing,
  • If you are applying for the first time or are applying for a new dog, please send your completed application with related paperwork and payment to the Town Clerk's Office either by mail or via the front door mail slot.

  • All dogs six months or older located within the Town of Hanover must be licensed.

  • Licenses must be renewed annually; failure to do so may result in a $10.00 late fee for each unlicensed dog.

  • Licenses are valid January 1 thru December 31 of each given year.

  • The deadline for purchasing licenses without penalty is March 31, or, if weekend or holiday, the next business day.

  • The license fee will be waived for those residents 70 years of age or older per Town bylaws (one dog per household, excluding Kennels) and for service dogs, provided necessary paperwork is given. For these exemptions you may apply by mail provided proof is included or apply in-person, at the Town Clerk's office.

  • Altered (spayed / neutered) dogs are eligible for a reduced rate on the license fee.

  • No license is issued for a dog not having a current rabies vaccination.

  • The Town Clerk must have a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate on file before issuing a license.

  • Purchased licenses are non-refundable.

  • Licenses are not transferable from one dog to another.

  • Tags must be worn by dogs at all times (MGL Ch. 140, ยง13).

  • If your dog becomes lost, please contact Animal Control.

  • If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk.

To renew a license,
  1. Click 'Renew License'.

  2. Provide your Account ID and Password or a past license number. If valid, a shopping cart is made having your renewing licenses.

  3. Click 'Check Out' from within the shopping cart to complete.

Renew Dog License
2024 Dog License, Altered, Late
- Base Fee: $10.00
- Late Penalty: $10.00
- Online Fee: $2.50
- Total: $22.50
2024 Dog License, Non-altered, Late
- Base Fee: $15.00
- Late Penalty: $10.00
- Online Fee: $2.75
- Total: $27.75
The license used is based upon your prior year registration. You can select a different license from the dropdown box available in the shopping cart after you have logged in.
Mail-in Application

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Licenses are sent through the postal mail. Please allow up to 10 business days for processing and delivery.

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