Dog Licenses

Under Michigan Public Act 339 of 1919, all dogs are required, by law, to be licensed within the county they reside within 30 days of turning four (4) months of age, or within 30 days of acquiring a dog older than four months or within 30 days of moving to Gogebic County.  If the dog is not licensed in a timely manner, a $20 delinquent fee will be assessed.  The Gogebic County Dog License Program includes one-year and three-year licenses available for purchase throughout the year.  Licenses should be renewed by the last day of the month in which the rabies vaccination expires.  To qualify for a three-year license the dog must have received a new three-year rabies vaccination within the past 30 days.

Regular License Fees:

For newly acquired dogs or dogs just four (4) months of age, you have 30 days to obtain a license at the regular fee.  Proof of rabies vaccination is required to purchase a license(s), proof of sterilization is required to obtain the reduced fee for license(s). The expiration date of the dog license corresponds to the month in which the rabies vaccination occurred.


1 year- Spayed/Neutered


1 year- Female/Male


3 year- Spayed/Neutered


3 year- Female/Male


Licenses by Mail

Licenses are available through the mail. You must submit your check or money order, Rabies Vaccination Certificate and proof of Spay/Neutering (if applicable).  All information will be returned to you, along with your new license.

Please make checks payable and mail to:

Gogebic County Treasurer
200 N. Moore St.
Bessemer, MI 49911

You may pay for your license  online here

For your convenience you can purchase a license at the following veterinarian clinic:

  • Hurley Area Animal Hospital

As a courtesy, the Treasurer's Office will mail license renewal applications if the license has expired. The renewal notice is sent as a courtesy by our office.  Failure to receive the notice does not relieve a dog owner of their responsibility to purchase a dog license prior to the expiration date stated on the previous dog license.

 To purchase a new license by mail, please send Rabies Certification and payment (see above fee schedule) to:

Gogebic County Treasurer
200 N. Moore St.
Bessemer, MI 49911