Dog Licensing

City Hall no longer processes dog licenses. All licenses are processed by Pet Data. For added convenience, you no longer have to leave home to renew your dog license. Simply mail the return form you received or renew online. The City Clerk's office no longer provides this service at the counter. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office if you are have service issues with Pet Data.

All dog licenses are processed by PetData. For added convenience, you no longer have to leave home to renew your dog license! Simply mail the return form you receive or renew online. The City Clerk’s office no longer provides this service at the counter but please contact us if you are having any issues with Pet Data.

To license your pet online:

  • Go to the PetData website and click “online licensing” on the left side
  • Upload your pet’s current rabies certificate and proof of spay/neuter or submit required paperwork later by fax, mail or email. Pay with a major credit card. A convenience fee will apply per transaction. Multiple pets can be licensed in one transaction.

Please note that Senior Citizens (60+) cannot license their pets online for the discounted cost.

To license your pet by mail:

  • Complete this application.
  • Enclose a copy of your pet’s current rabies vaccination certificate
  • Enclose proof of spay/neuter if it is not indicated on the rabies vaccine
  • Please provide legible copies of any documentation. Paperwork is not returned.
  • Make your check or money order payable to City of Sterling Heights (no cash).
  • Mail to:
    Sterling Heights Dog Licensing, c/o PetData
    PO Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014-1929

Please allow four weeks for processing. Any items not enclosed will delay the processing of your license.

Call PetData toll-free at 1-800-574-1453 or visit

Dog Licenses & Senior Citizens

The City of Sterling Heights offers dog licenses at no charge for senior citizens ages 60 years and over and to owners of service dogs.

If Senior Citizen, enclose proof of age such as a driver’s license with your application. You may remove the Driver’s License number from the copy.

Owners must complete a hard copy application and provide a copy of the current rabies certificate from a veterinarian and proof of a neuter/spay date (if applicable) and mail, fax, or email to Pet Data. 


Dog licenses have been a requirement in Michigan since the early 1900s. Licensing helps the city keep track of the number of pets in the community and can benefit dog owners in the event their pet is lost. All dog owners are required to follow this long-standing state law and register their pets. Residents are required to license dogs within 30 days after obtaining a dog over 6 months of age.

Ordinance 411- Regulation Governing Dogs