Dog License Information

City Hall no longer processes dog licenses. All licenses are processed by Pet Data. For added convenience, you no longer have to leave home to renew your dog license. Simply mail the return form you received or renew online. The City Clerk's office no longer provides this service at the counter. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office if you are have service issues with Pet Data.

Dog Licenses & Senior Citizens

The city of Sterling Heights offers dog licenses at no charge for senior citizens ages 60 years and over and to owners of service dogs.  Owners must complete a hard copy application and provide a copy of the current rabies certificate from a veterinarian and proof of a neutered / spayed date (if applicable) and mail, fax, or email to Pet Data. 

Click here for instructions on how to register a new dog for a senior 60+ years of age and service dogs.


Dog licenses have been a requirement in Michigan since the early 1900s.  Licensing helps the city keep track of the number of pets in the community and can benefit dog owners in the event their pet is lost. All dog owners are required to follow this long-standing state law and register their pets. Residents are required to license dogs within 30 days after obtaining a dog over 6 months of age. 

It's the Law

"Obtaining a dog license is not an option, it’s the law," explained City Clerk Mark Carufel. "You must have a license for your dog or face the possibility of getting a $500 fine if the dog is found to be unlicensed."  

New Dog License Application