About Licensing
Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination, which protects the health of your pet. Citizens should also know that by licensing their dog they are directly fighting animal cruelty and abuse. Most people do not realize that up to 90% of their dog license fees go directly to the Maine Animal Welfare Program. Dog license fees account for 95% of the State Animal Welfare Program’s entire funding and without these fees, the state would be unable to protect the animals of this state.

All dogs six months and older must have a license. If you become the owner of a dog six months or older, the dog must be licensed by January of each year. In order to obtain a license for your dog, the owner must present a current State of Maine Rabies Certificate obtained from a veterinarian. This certificate will verify that your dog has received its rabies shot within the past two years.

Click on the following link to check out the City’s printable Dog Owner’s Guide.

How to Obtain a License

In person: 

Visit the City Clerk’s/Finance Department at City Hall during our regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bring a current State of Maine rabies certificate and (if the dog is “fixed”) proof of spaying/neutering.

By mail:

Send a current State of Maine rabies certificate and (if the dog is “fixed”) proof of spaying/neutering, along with a check to:
City Clerk’s Office
1 Common St.
Waterville, ME  04901


You may also register your dog online at State Online Dog Licensing for an additional $1 fee.
Renewing the License
All dog licenses expire December 31, of each year. Renewal of licenses for the following year can be done at the City Clerk’s /Finance Department beginning in November of each calendar year. If your dog has been “fixed” since it was last licensed, bring proof of spaying/neutering from your veterinarian.  If you have already shown this proof to the department, additional proof is not necessary.

Dogs being relicensed after January 31st will be charged a late fee of $25, per state law.

Dog Licensing Fees

  • $6 per year for spayed / neutered dogs
  • $11 per year for dogs not spayed / neutered
  • Per state law, any dog license that is relicensed after January 31 will be subject to a $25 late fee