Dog Licenses

As of January 2016, administration of dog licensing in Delaware is the responsibility of the State. Residents of New Castle County, may obtain dog licenses at the New Castle County Government Center.

Individual Dog License Requirements

  • Licenses are issued for the calendar year, January 1 through December 31 and can be purchased for one, two or three year periods.
  • All dogs 6 months of age or older must be licensed for that year.
  • State law allows a 60-day grace period for obtaining a dog license, which means that all licenses must be obtained by March 1.
  • In order for a dog to be licensed, the owner must present proof of current rabies vaccination at the time the license is issued.
Mail-In Purchases
You can complete and mail-in the license application, along with a check or money order, a copy of your dog's current rabies vaccination certificate, and if applicable, proof of spay/neuter to:
 
State of Delaware Dog Licensing
c/o PetData
PO Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014

Online Purchases
Credit card purchases can be made online using the PetData Website.
On-Site Purchases
In addition to purchasing dog licenses online or by mail, licenses can also be purchased at the New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

License Fees
SPAYED or NEUTERED DOG           UNALTERED DOG
1 year @ $10                         1 year @ $15
2 years @ $20                                2 years @ $30
3 years @ $30                       3 years @ $45


Dog licenses may also be obtained from the following:

Delaware Humane Association
701 A Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

New London Veterinary Center
437 New London Road 
Newark, DE 19711
Enforcement
Animal control is the statewide responsibility of the Delaware State Office of Animal Welfare. 
 
Contact the Delaware State Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4620, or visit the website by clicking HERE.