All trained guard dogs in New York City must be registered.

Registration requirements include:

  • A current New York City dog license
  • An annual fee of $10
  • A microchip implanted in the dog for permanent identification purposes
  • The microchip ID number must be provided to NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene when applying for or renewing your Guard Dog License
  • Notification of any changes to ownership (theft, loss, or transfer) within 5 days of the event
  • Vaccination against rabies

Your guard dog must wear both its New York City dog license tag and its guard dog tag on its collar at all times. You can find more information about dog licensing and trained guard dog requirements.


Learn more about guard dog registration.

By Phone

Call for a guard dog license application form.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

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