How to get a Dog License if You’re New to Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Licensed Dog

Minnesota requires that your dog have a license, be registered and in most cities dogs must wear their license tags.  If your dog becomes lost, these dog license tags provide important information to quickly reunite you with your best friend.

Licensing your beloved dog will not only save you money from an expensive impound fee by the Animal Control Center, but may also save them from being euthanized.

Different License/Requirements for Different Dogs

There are three types of categories of Licenses for your dog.

  1. Regular Dog License:
  • Not been considered Potentially Dangerous or Dangerous.
  • Application and Required Fee
  • Proof in writing from a vet stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered.
  • Current anti-rabies vaccination proof.
  1. Potentially Dangerous Dog License:
  • The dog must be kept in conditions that limit the risk of being around other people or pets.
  • Application fully completed.
  • Proof in writing from a vet stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered.
  • The dog MUST be Microchipped with paperwork proof provided.
  • Proof in writing from a vet of anti-rabies vaccination.
  • A Lifetime License Fee is required.
  1. Dangerous Dog License:
  • The dog must be kept in conditions that limit the risk of being around other people or pets.
  • Application fully completed.
  • Proof in writing from a vet stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered.
  • Dangerous Animal Annual Registration Fee
  • Dangerous Dog Notification/Agreement Form notarized and fully completed.
  • Certification of Insurance – Minimum amount of $300,000 of liability insurance proof.
  • The dog MUST be microchipped with paperwork proof provided.
  • Proof in writing from a vet of anti-rabies vaccination.
  • Notarized and signed Ramsey County Dangerous Animal Registration Form
  • Lifetime License Fee is required.

Several Different Ways to Apply for your Dog License             

The best way to find out how to apply is to go to your cities’ website and find the agency that issues dog licenses.

Common places are Animal Control, City Hall or the Police Department.  No matter the way, make sure that you and your animal are protected and up-to-date.

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