How do I license my dog?

All dogs, 4-months or older, must be licensed in the State of NH. You will need to bring in proof of a rabies vaccination and proof of spaying or neutering, if the dog is altered. All dog licenses expire on April 30 in the State of NH. You will need to renew your dog's license annually by this date or penalties and fines will be issued per NH State law. There is a one-month grace period before the penalty begins. The penalty is $1.00 per month beginning in June. There may also be a $25.00 civil forfeiture fine issued which will be due 15 days after receipt of the fine.

The cost to license a dog is $9.00 for an unaltered male or female, $6.50 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $2.00 for the first dog belonging to a senior citizen over 65 years of age. If a puppy is too young to be altered, the $6.50 fee will apply for the first license. Dog licenses are not pro-rated.

Dog license renewal notices will be sent to the address on the license on file. Dogs may be licensed by mail, drop box or online. If renewing online, be sure to include the previous year's two digits prior to the physical tag number (ex. Tag #1998 for 2019 = "19-1998" for online renewal purposes).

Please notify the Town Clerk's office if you no longer have your dog or have moved from Salem.

A form is available for download from the Town Clerk page.