Licensing your dog allows cities to collect important information about the animals living within their borders, and ensures that those animals are vaccinated against rabies. It also helps cities plan for future investment in public amenities like dog runs and parks, track population changes, and alert animal owners in the event of an emergency.

Jersey City and Hoboken require all pet dogs over the age of 7 months to be licensed with the city. The fees from animal licenses are used to pay for local rabies prevention initiatives. You can be ticketed for not licensing your animal, which is why all dogs should wear their license tag on their collar.

Download and print the Jersey City license application in English or Español complete the online JC dog license application here. You can download and print the Hoboken license application here