How Much Does Registering a Dog Cost?

Registering a dog is the process of obtaining papers for pet owners which serve as documentation that they are the rightful owner of the dog.   Failing to license your dog can hinder your chances of getting it back if you were to lose it.  In most cities, it’s the law, and if you were caught without a license, then you could be paying fines that could be much more than the initial registration fees.

The price comes down to where you live since most local cities require that dog owners register with the local government.

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How much is it?

CityRegistration Fees (per year)
Calhoun County, MI$18 (sexed) or $8 (unsexed)
Chesapeake, VA$4 (spayed/neutered) or $10 (non-spayed/neutered)
Clackamas County, OR$24 (spayed/neutered) or $41 (non-spayed/neutered)
Colorado Springs, CO$15 (spayed/neutered) or $30 (non-spayed/neutered)
Lincoln, NE$21 (spayed/neutered) or $52 (non-spayed/neutered)
Louisville, KY$10 (spayed/neutered) or $60 (non-spayed/neutered)
Manchester, NH$7 (altered) or $10 (unaltered)
Miami-Dade County, FL$27 (sterilized) or $55 (not sterilized)
Minneapolis, MN$25 (spayed/neutered) or $75 (non-spayed/neutered)
Nassau County, NY$10 (altered) or $18 (unaltered)
Orange County, California- $27 (altered) or $100 (unaltered)
- Discounts are available for Lake Forest residents and those who are older than 65 years old.
Pima County, AZ$17 (altered) or $62 (unaltered)
Riverside, California$16 (altered) or $100 (unaltered)
San Bernardino, CA$24 (altered) or $96 (unaltered)
Winnebago County, IL$25 (altered) or $40 (unaltered)
York County, PA$6.50 (altered) or $8.50 (unaltered)

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