How to register your dog in Chicago:

  • Make sure you have a certificate showing your dog’s up-to-date rabies vaccination.
  • Go to the City of Chicago’s online shop or to one of their locations.
  • Pay $5 or $50 (un-neutered dogs) / $2.50 or $5 (un-neutered dogs) for senior citizens.
  • Allow 7-9 days for online purchases.
  • Owners of non-registered pets can be fined up to $500

Dog License for Dogs in Chicago

The City of Chicago requires dogs to be licensed as a way of proving that they have been properly vaccinated for contagious diseases. The license is $5 and can be obtained from the Chicago City Clerk, but without it pet owners could face a fine of up to $500.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes or read the transcription below:

Steve: “‘Eye on Pets.’ I’m Steve Grzanich with veterinarian, Dr. Julia Georgesen. The City of Chicago is making a big push to get dogs licensed. What do pet owners need to know?”

Dr. Georgesen: “The dog license is something all dogs in Chicago should have. It is a $5 license fee, and you have to send in the proof of rabies. What you get back is a sticker that you actually attach to the rabies tag to show that your dog has been licensed in the city. The city’s really cracking down on this. They are really making a push. They said there’s going to be fines up to $500, and they are talking about doing some dog stings at dog parks. They could even stop people at random. So it’s really important to have your pets registered properly. It’s really easy to do. You can go online and register with the Chicago City Clerk. It assists with public health concerns. It also helps if, unfortunately, someone would get bit.”

Steve: “But it’s different from the dog park permits. You need a separate permit if you want to take your dog to the park.”

Dr. Georgesen: “That is a tag. Those are required to go to the dog park-sanctioned areas. The point of that is to make sure that all dogs have been properly vaccinated for contagious diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough, and leptospirosis. Frankly, they can make pets very, very sick, so it’s very important to do.”

Steve: “And that’s “Eye on Pets.” Remember to follow us on Twitter at Eye on Pets with Dr. Julia G. I’m Steve Grzanich, News Radio 780 at 105.9 FM.”