About licensing,
  • All dogs six months or older located within the Town of Sterling must be licensed.

  • Licenses are renewable yearly.

  • Licenses are valid January 1 thru December 31.

  • The deadline for purchasing licenses without penalty is April 15 or, if weekend or holiday, the next business day.

  • Licenses bought after the deadline are subject to a $25.00 late fee per dog.

  • Licenses issued without fee are available to seniors (70 years of age or older) and for service dogs. For these, please call the office at 978-422-8111 ext. 2307.

  • 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 a past license number. If valid, a shopping cart is made having your renewing licenses.

  3. To purchase new licenses, return to this page and select the new items.

  4. When you have all the items you need, click 'Check Out' from within the shopping cart to complete the process.

To purchase a new license,
  1. Click the appropriate license item from those to the right to add it to your shopping cart.

  2. To purchase other items, return to this page and select them.

  3. When you have all the items you need, click 'Check Out' from within the shopping cart to complete the process.

Renew Dog License
2024 Dog License, Altered
- Base Fee: $8.00
- Online Fee: $2.00
- Total: $10.00
2024 Dog License, Non-altered
- Base Fee: $12.00
- Online Fee: $2.00
- Total: $14.00
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.
New License
- Base Fee: $8.00
- Online Fee: $2.00
- Total: $10.00
- Base Fee: $12.00
- Online Fee: $2.00
- Total: $14.00

Items purchased online are subject to a per item convenience fee, indicated as 'Online Fee'.

Purchases made online are payable using American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

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

All registrations are subject to review. Knowingly providing false or misleading information can result in penalty, fine or prosecution under the law.

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