Dog Licensing

2024 Licenses are now available!

NOW Available ON- LINE Click the Dog to Start….     

It has been a State Law since 1919 and Branch County Ordinance (#7 Section 8.1) that ALL dogs have to be licensed within 30 days of turning 4 months old or within 30 days of acquiring a new dog.

Licenses can be purchased at the Treasurer’s Office inside the Branch County Courthouse in Coldwater or On-Line by clicking HERE. The Treasurer’s Office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

A current rabies certificate is needed to purchase a dog license. Licenses go on sale every year on December 1st and can be purchased without penalty through March 1st. However, at the Dog Warden’s discretion, you could be ticketed for an unlicensed dog once the license expires on December 31st.

Dog License Costs

1-Year Licenses
Senior Citizen (55 or older) Altered $8.00
Altered $10.00
Unaltered $20.00
3-Year Licenses*
Senior Citizen (55 or older) Altered $24.00
Altered $30.00
Unaltered $60.00
Delinquent Penalty (after March 1st)
In addition to license fee
Tag Replacement Fee (Not available on-line) $1.00

*To be eligible to purchase a 3-Year License, your dog’s current rabies certificate MUST expire in the same year (or after) the dog license would expire

  • No Charge for Certified Service Dog or Law Enforcement Dog (must have a current license as there are No Exemptions in the law for any dogs), also NOT available for On-Line
  • On July 1st, licenses are 1/2 price for newly acquired dogs (one year license only).

Why Should You License Your Dog?         

Licensing your dog is an important way to show you care for your pet. Dogs which are licensed are guaranteed to be free of rabies. Additionally, your dog’s license number allows you to be identified and notified if your dog should stray and be picked up by Animal Control Officers. By licensing your dog on time, you pay the lowest possible licensing fees, and avoid potential fines for failing to license your dog.

Finally, you should license your dog because it is the law.


In some cases, checks of the owner’s home will be carried out to ensure the property is suitable for the dog to live in. The dog will need obvious access to food and water and any health risks must be removed before a license is given.



Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm*
* Courthouse doors close daily at 4:50pm



Branch County Treasurer
31 Division St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Meet the Staff

Steven Rutz

Kelli Talbot
-Chief Deputy Treasurer

Mandy Kuliczkowski
-Deputy Treasurer

Brooke Kline
-Deputy Treasurer