Did you know your dogs have to be registered with the county?

Leonardtown, MD – Dog owners in St. Mary’s County will need to purchase tags for their dogs through the County Treasurer’s office, All Kinds Veterinary Hospital, Well Pet Clinic, Tri-County Animal Shelter, St. Mary’s County Animal Control Office or by mail. All dogs, four months of age or older, are required to have a St. Mary’s County license. Tags must be renewed each year in June. For more information go to

Each license certificate includes the date of issuance and expiration date, owners name, address, home telephone number, the animal’s sex, breed, age, color/markings, rabies vaccination date, rabies tag number (copy of a rabies certificate is required) and animal’s name. Before any unsexed license can be issued, the owner will need to produce a certificate of surgical sterilization, issued by a licensed veterinarian, certifying the dog has been spayed or neutered.

The annual dog license fees are:
Unneutered Male:  $7.50; Unspayed Female:  $7.50
Neutered Male:  $2.00; Spayed Female:  $2.00
Kennel:  $25.00
Late fee of $2.00/per license if purchased after August 1

License tags will be issued along with the license certificate. Dogs are required to wear their tag at all times, except when confined in a kennel or when participating in a competition where such display is prohibited.

Pet licenses can be obtained at the St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s Office with the rabies and sterilization certificate proofs or by mailing copies of these certificates (with the appropriate fee along with a self-addressed stamped envelope) to P.O. Box 642, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD  20650. Checks should be made payable to the St. Mary’s County Treasurer. Cats are excluded from the licensing requirement.

For more information about the county’s Animal Control Regulation go to or call 301-475-8108 or email

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