Any Lewiston resident who owns a dog may now license their pet for the 2022 calendar year. Dog licenses are due January 1st of each year. All dogs that are six months old or older within Lewiston must be licensed per state law. A pet owner can receive a license for their dog at the Lewiston City Clerk’s Office located at City Hall. In order to license a dog, the owner must show proof that the dog has a current, State of Maine rabies certificate which is proof that the dog has been immunized against rabies.
If an animal is spayed or neutered, the owner should bring proof from the veterinarian of this as well. All dog licenses expire on December 31 of each year. Dog license fees are $11.00 for a male or female dog and $6.00 for a spayed or neutered animal. Dog licenses renewed after January 31 are subject to the mandatory $25 late fine. Residents are welcome to visit the City’s website for information regarding dog licensing at www.lewistonmaine.gov/123/dog-licenses
Residents unable to make it into City Hall can use the outside red drop box for all City Hall services. This is located by the Park Street entrance and accessible 24 hours a day. Residents can also renew a dog license online at www.lewistonmaine.gov/101/online-services
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.
FURTHER INFORMATION: 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 euthanize the animal. Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination which protects the health of your pet.
Lewiston residents with questions regarding barking dogs or the City’s animal control ordinance should contact Lewiston Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout. Officer Strout can be reached at the Lewiston Police Department at 795-9010, ext. 322. Any stray, lost or injured dogs should be reported to ACO Strout as well.