Dog Licensing Information & Mail-In Form

Dog License
Dog License

We cannot stress enough the importance of licensing your dog!

According to Massachusetts General Laws, the owner or keeper of a dog over the age of 6 months shall obtain a license for the dog from the Town Clerk.  The owner of the dog needs to provide the Town Clerk with a veterinary certification that the dog was vaccinated for rabies.  If the dog has not been registered in Grafton prior to this year, or is newly altered, a copy of the certificate or receipt from the veterinarian who spayed or neutered the dog must also be included.  Please refer to M.G. L. Chapter 140, Sections 136A – 174E  for more details regarding these requirements.

Dog licensing may be completed at the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours, by mail or online (online licensing is available only if current rabies and spay/nueter certificate are on file with the Clerk's office)Please provide a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate showing the expiration date and proof of spaying/neutering (if applicable and not already on file- WE WILL NOT PROCESS THE DOG LICENSE WITHOUT THE RABIES VACCINATION). Also, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if using the Mail-In Registration option.


All dogs, ages six months and older, must be licensed before JUNE 1st, of each year. Failure to do so will result in a $10.00 late fee for each unlicensed dog. 


  • Male/Female- $15.00
  • Spayed/Neutered- $10.00
  • If the owner is 70 or older or the dog is a service dog, the dog tag is free. The rabies information MUST be under the individuals name to receive the tag for free. Free tags are available in office or through the mail only.
  • Replacement tag- $.50 (please call in advance for replacement tags)


  • Kennel with 4 dogs or less -$30.00
  • Kennel with 10 dogs or less- $40.00
  • Kennel with More than 10 dogs- $50.00

The licensing period is April 1 - March 31, as it is for individual dogs; the late fee begins on June 1 and is $10 per dog.  The requirement to provide proof of rabies vaccinations and proof of spaying/neutering is also the same.  Kennel owners are not currently able to use the on-line payment system as an inspection is required prior to the kennel license being issued.

For more information and explanations/definitions regarding kennel licenses, please refer to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 136A - 174E.   If you have specific questions about your kennel and related fees, feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office.


You may register your dog online if a current rabies certificate is on file.  Visit the UniPayGold website here.  There is a convenience fee per dog and the credit card service provider charges a fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Online renewals must have an up to date rabies certificate on file with the Town Clerks office.


The Town of Grafton's Annual Town Census mailing will serve as a reminder to renew your dog license each year.

For any questions regarding dog licensing please contact the Town Clerks office at or 508-839-5335 X1195.

SEE ATTACHEMENT- to download the Dog Licensing Form.

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