All dogs in New York State must be licensed at four (4) months of age, and must be renewed on an annual basis. Each licensed dog is issued a metal identification tag which must be attached to the dog collar.
To license a dog, the owner must visit the City Clerk’s Office and provide the following information:
- Rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian
- Personal photo identification.
- Spay/neuter certificate from a veterinarian (if applicable).
- If the dog has previously been licensed in another municipality, all related documents must be provided.
Please note that you must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to license a dog in your name. You cannot license a dog in someone else’s name.
All dog license fees are payable by cash, local bank check, or money order payable to the City of Binghamton. If you renew a dog license after the expiration date, a late fee will be assessed in addition to the cost of the license.
- Unaltered Dog (Not Spayed/Neutered): $25.00
- Altered Dog (Neutered/Spayed): $15.00
- Late Fee: $5.00
- Replacement Dog Tag: $2.00
Renewing a Dog License
The City Clerk’s Office will mail a notice of renewal to each licensed dog owner. You may renew a dog license by mail or in person. All renewals must be accompanied by the appropriate license fees, as outlined above. If your dog has received a rabies vaccination since the previous license was issued, please send a copy of the certificate. If your dog has been altered (spayed/neutered) since the previous license was issued, please send a copy of the certificate of verification from your veterinarian.
Transferring Dog Ownership
When dog ownership is transferred from one person to another, the original owner will need to provide a statement in writing authorizing this transfer. The new owner will need to obtain a dog license in his or her name, even if the dog is currently licensed. If you would like to transfer the ownership of a dog from another person to yourself, a signed statement regarding the transfer must be provided.
A Note on Rabies Vaccinations
Please note that in order to issue a dog license, the person applying for a dog license must be the same person listed as the dog owner on the rabies certificate. All dogs in the State of New York must be vaccinated against rabies. This vaccine may be obtained from a licensed veterinarian. For a schedule of rabies clinics offered in Broome County, please visit the Broome County Health Department.
A Note on Spaying/Neutering Your Dog
Information about getting your dog spayed or neutered may be obtained from your veterinarian.