All dogs living in New York City must have a license from the NYC Health Department. Licenses must be renewed annually.
In addition to being licensed, guard and service dogs must be registered. All losses, thefts, and transfers of ownership of a guard dog must be reported to the City within five days. Guard dogs must wear both a dog license tag and a guard dog tag issued by the City on their collar at all times.
Payment for mailed-in applications is by check or money order only. You should receive your license approximately four weeks after payment is received by the Health Department (when your check is cashed and posted to your checking account).