Dog Licenses


According to Massachusetts General Laws, the owner or keeper of a dog over the age of 6 months shall obtain a license for the dog from the Town Clerk.  The owner of the dog needs to provide the Town Clerk with a veterinary certification that the dog was vaccinated for rabies.  If the dog has not been registered in Hanover prior to this year, or is newly altered, a copy of the certificate or receipt from the veterinarian who spayed or neutered the dog must also be included.  Please refer to M.G. L. Chapter 140, Sections 136A – 174E for more details regarding these requirements.

Fees per dog: 

Spayed/Neutered - $10;

Not Spayed/Not Neutered - $15;

Late fee after March 31st - $10

New for 2017! License your dog on-line!

Items you will need to complete this transaction either online, by mail, or in person:

  1. The information on the Dog license application, one per dog.  If you come in to town hall, you can just give us the information on this application verbally.  The Online Dog Licensing System will prompt you for this information.

  2. License fee, including late fee if April 1 – December 31.

  3. Copy of current rabies certificate

  4. Copy of spaying/neutering certificate (if applicable) and if the dog is not yet registered in Hanover.  Once we have the information in the system, you don't need to bring this certificate in every year.