How/when do I register my dog?
Maine State law requires that each dog 6 months of age or older that is kept anywhere within the limits of the State must be licensed. Dog owners must obtain the annual license from the Town Clerk's office in the town where the dog is kept by December 31st each year. The fee to license a dog is $11.00 if the dog is capable of producing young, or $6.00 if the dog has been spayed or neutered.
When licensing your dog, current rabies information must be on file at the Town Hall. Please provide new rabies information if your dog has recently been immunized. If your dog has been spayed or neutered, please provide the Clerk with a veterinarian's certificate of surgery.
Dogs licensed after January 31st of any year are charged the annual fee PLUS an additional $25.00 late fee. The late fee may not be waived for any reason.
Are their any other laws regarding dogs that I should know about?
Yes, there are.
The annual municipal tag and the rabies tag obtained from your veterinarian must be securely attached to the dog's collar at all times.
There is a State leash law and several local municipal dog ordinances. You can find the local ordinances in the Town Ordinances section of this website.