The Lewiston City Clerk’s Department would like to remind all Lewiston dog owners that the one-month grace period for licensing their pets will expire January 31. Per state law, a dog’s license expires December 31 of each year, and a $25.00 late fine will be added to each license for all dogs licensed after Thursday, January 31, 2019.
According to the City Clerk’s Office, only about seventy percent of the dogs that were licensed in 2018 have been re-licensed for the new year. “We do not want our residents to have to pay the $25 late fine, but it is a state requirement. In December, we sent letters to all owners of dogs licensed in 2018 to remind them that the licenses expire December 31 and the late fine is effective February 1," said City Clerk Kathy Montejo. Dog license fees are $11.00 for a male or female dog and $6.00 for a spayed or neutered animal, which means the late fine is more than the cost of the license itself.
“We have almost 650 dogs that still need to be re-licensed,” according to Montejo, “which means that we will be doing a lot of dog licensing during the next few weeks, before the January 31 late fine begins, or many of our residents will have to pay the state-mandated late fee.” Per state requirements, the late fine is assessed per dog and not per household.
Many dog owners may not have re-licensed their pet because they may have misplaced the animal’s rabies certificate, which is required to be shown at the time of licensing. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian’s office to request a duplicate copy of the rabies certificate if they cannot locate their copy.
As a convenience, dog owners may mail in their license renewal information, and the tag for the new year will be mailed back to the owner. The dog owner should mail a copy of the rabies certificate, along with the dog’s name, the owner’s name, address and phone number, and a check payable to the City of Lewiston for the correct amount. Residents may also register their dog’s license online at the City’s website - link below
Please note that rabies is a serious problem in the State. Residents are urged to take the time to protect their pet against this deadly virus. If an animal is suspected of having rabies, they are quarantined. If during this time, the signs of rabies still appear, the only way to test an animal for rabies is to euthanase the animal. Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet.
The City Clerk’s Department has office hours on Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm. Questions can be directed to the City Clerk’s Department at 513-3124.