How to Get a Pet License in Sterling Heights
There are few more foolproof ways to brighten up your daily life than by giving a forever home to a pet of your choosing. Having a cute creature greet you at the end of a tough day can do wonders for one's mental health. But you can't just show up at a shelter and take an animal home on the same day. There is some paperwork involved. On the state level, Michigan has required dog licenses since the early 1900s, and in this article, we will explain the importance of a , how to get one, and how DoNotPay can make the entire process simpler for you.
Why Does Sterling Heights Require a License?
Pet licenses represent an additional layer of protection for a pet and its owner. Once obtained, the license is registered with local animal services who can help to find your dog if it ever gets lost. Licensing fees are also utilized for other uses, such as providing care for animals and following up on tips about strays out and about.
Being a part of Macomb County, registering your dog from also allows prospective owners the opportunity to create a free online account at PetHub.com and create a "digital tag" for your pup that is linked together via a QR code. If the dog is found and someone scans the code, they will be given contact info of you or anyone else on your trusted list so they can reach you and return your dog safely. The presented information is controlled entirely by you, so privacy concerns should be at a minimum.
These are all the ways pet licenses can be useful to you but it's also just the law. Failure to properly license a pet results in a $500 fine. Sterling Heights residents must license dogs within 30 days after obtaining them and if they're over 6 months of age (the entire Sterling Heights Animal Control Ordinance can be read here.).
How Much Does a Sterling Heights Pet License Cost?
Pet registration in Sterling Heights begins with paying a license fee (all licenses are processed by Pet Data.). The amount owed depends on the length of the license, the status of the dog, and when the license is purchased. Senior citizens (people aged 60 or older) and owners of service dogs do not need to pay for a license. Here are the fees for each scenario:
|Licensing Fees Effective 7/1/20
|Unaltered Pet Dog
|Spayed or Neutered Pet Dog
|Senior Owner (60 and above)
|End of Year License for New Pets
|After November 1st
|Unaltered Pet Dog
|Spayed or Neutered Pet Dog
|Late Fee (After March 31st)
Spayed or neutered pets are cheaper to license because their adoption helps to promote sterilization and lower the risk of pet overpopulation. Single-year licenses expire on March 31st of the next year. If the license is not paid for by that date, then you will have to pay a late fee of $11. To get a license at the end of the year (after November 1) will cost $11.50 for an unaltered pet and $5 for a spayed or neutered pet. Two and three-year licenses can be purchased as long as the rabies vaccination is current through April 2nd of the year before the expired year.
Here is a copy of the license application to see for yourself.
The Necessary Documents for a Sterling Heights Pet License
You also have to present certain documents in exchange for a pet license. The required paperwork is as follows:
- A current rabies vaccination certificate.
- Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for their services.
- Proof of age, especially for those looking to get a free license for pets in the care of senior citizens.
- Proof from the issuing agency is needed in order to receive a free license for a service dog.
These documents will not be returned to you at any point, so remember to make an extra copy for your own records.
How and Where to Register
You can register for a pet license in Sterling Heights online or through the mail. You cannot get a license in person, although if you have any questions or issues with the process, you can talk to the Sterling Heights City Clerk either by going to their office on 40555 Utica Road, calling them at 586-446-2420 or email them at mryska@sterling- heights.net. The one exception to this rule is with Potentially Dangerous Dogs, who must be licensed through City Hall. Here's how:
- Online. You can get a license on Pet Data's website for the small price of a $2 convenience fee. Multiple pets can be licensed in one transaction.
- Mail. To get a pet license via mail, send all the required documents to the PO Box (141929) of Sterling Heights Dog Licensing in Irving, Texas.
Use DoNotPay to Speed up the Process and Get Your Pet Licensed
DoNotPay, the world's first AI Consumer Champion, can be used to automate many of these steps and get the job done for you without wasting much of your time.
This is how our service works:
- Go to the Pet Licenses product on DoNotPay.
- Enter the county or city you are looking to register your pet in.
- Tell us more about your pet, including the breed, gender, whether they are spayed/neutered, approximate age, and more.
- Upload evidence documents that prove that your pet has been spayed/neutered (if applicable) and a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate.
- Enter your contact information, including email, address, and phone number.
- Complete your application by paying the license processing fee, so we can file the application on your behalf.
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