The Office of Health & Vital Statistics is sharing information on dog and cat license renewals and rabies vaccinations. The deadline to renew dog and cat licenses for the next license year is May 31, 2023. Registration notices have been sent to all owners of licensed dogs and cats. The license year begins on June 1, 2023. Renewals received after the May 31 deadline will incur a fee of $10.00. There is no late fee for first time registration.
State law requires every dog that has either reached the age of seven months or has a set of permanent teeth to be licensed. By local ordinance, cats are licensed at seven months.
Proof of rabies vaccination must accompany an application. The State Health Department allows a two-month grace period for rabies immunity, so the vaccination must cover at least June 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024. Please note: the Summit Dog & Cat Hospital is no longer providing free rabies vaccinations for Summit residents' dogs and cats.
For medical reasons, some puppies or dogs are given a one-year inoculation that may not cover the registration period. Please call the Office of Health & Vital Statistics at 908-277-6464 for guidance in these cases.
All animals should be registered within ten days of moving to Summit or reaching the licensing age. However, a current license from another New Jersey municipality is accepted as compliance. When that tag expires, the animal must be licensed in Summit.
The renewal form/application is available online or at the Office of Health & Vital Statistics, located at 512 Springfield Avenue. Registrations can be submitted in person at the health office, by mail, or in the drop box outside of the health office. Payment can be made by cash in the exact amount, or by check made out to City of Summit; debit and credit cards are not accepted.
Please contact the health office at 908-277-6464 with any questions.