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No. The metal dog tag is used to identify your dog. It is not the license. The license is the paperwork you receive after completing the application. You should save the paperwork until that license expires.
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Review the fees and types of dog licenses available on the dog license fee page.
If your dog was not given a new rabies vaccine this month (wasn’t due for a shot), or was only given a one year vaccine, you are only eligible to purchase a one year license.
If your dog’s rabies vaccination was due this month and he / she was given a three year vaccine, you are eligible to purchase a three year license or a one year license.
Review the Muskegon County dog licensing locations page.
Read an overview of application process on the dog license application page.
As of January 1, 2012, Muskegon County began issuing Permanent Dog Tags (the metal charm). This does not mean that you do not have to renew the license anymore. You are still required to renew the actual license every year / 3 years and provide proof of current rabies vaccination, but you will not receive a new metal tag every year. It can be replaced at any time if it is lost, upon owner’s request.
If you lose the dog tag (or the paper license) you can get a replacement at no charge. You will need to request the replacement in person at the Muskegon County Treasurer's Office or at your local unit.
If you no longer have the dog, please call us at 231-724-6261. Let us know if your dog is deceased, sold, given away, stolen or missing, or if you have moved out of the county. This will prevent us from sending delinquent notices for a dog you no longer have.
View the dog owner additional information page for details about leashing, vaccination and bites.