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NH STATE STATUTES 


466:1 Procuring License; Tag


Every owner or keeper of a dog 4 months old or over shall annually, cause it to be registered, numbered, described, and licensed for one year in the office of the clerk of the city or town in which the dog is kept, and shall cause it to wear around its neck a collar to which shall be attached a metal tag with the following information thereon: the name of the city or town, year of issue of license and its registered number. The tag and license shall be furnished by the clerk at the expense of the city or town.
466:7 Additional Charge Where Payment of License Fee is Delayed. - In addition to the license fees provided in RSA 466:4, there shall be a charge of $1 for each month or any part thereof that the fees remain unpaid if said fees are not paid before June 1 in any year.


Dates of Effectiveness

Regardless of when the license is obtained, the license shall be effective from May 1 of each year to April 30 of the subsequent year.



License Required For

All dogs 4 months and older must be licensed and have already received their first rabies vaccination.



Forms Required
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Spaying or Neutering Certificate
Fees
  • $9 If Not Neutered or Spayed
  • $6.50 Neutered or Spayed
  • $6.50 All dogs 4-7 Months Old
  • $2 Owner Senior 65 Years+ (First dog only)
Late fees apply beginning June 1st.

CIVIL FORFEITURE

Whoever is the owner or keeper of a dog and who fails to license or renew the dog license pursuant to RSA 466:1 shall forfeit $25 to the town or city clerk of the municipality in which the dog is kept. If the forfeiture is not made to the town or city clerk within 15 calendar days of the notice of forfeiture, the case may be disposed of in a district court as a violation with a fine not to exceed $50, notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 651:2, IV. A Forfeiture shall not relieve the owner or keeper of the requirement of proper licensing of the dog as required by RSA 466:1.