Get a dog license

Last updated November 2, 2022

Do you own a dog? In Montréal, you need to obtain a license. It is valid in all boroughs. Here is how to obtain your license.

The dog license is valid within Montréal’s city limits. The dog must be wearing the tag at all times.

You need to renew your dog license yearly before it expires.

As of January 1, 2020, all dogs must be microchipped and sterilized.

Fees

A dog permit costs $28.75.

It may however be free of charge in certain contexts:

  • Dogs adopted from shelters
    Free of charge the first year if you provide proof that you adopted your pet from a shelter 15 days prior to applying for your license. The shelter must have a valid permit issued by the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ).
  • Guide dogs or assistance dogs
    Free of charge if you provide a certificate from a professional guide dog training organization recognized by the city. The document must be valid and in effect. The document must include:
    • A picture of the person and one of the dog
    • The contact information of the person and information pertaining to the dog
    • If the dog is in training, the proof shown must be issued by a professional god training organization recognized by the city and include a deadline for the training program. 
  • Homeless person
    Free if you provide proof that you have visited one of the organizations accredited by the city in the past six months:
    • Accueil Bonneau
    • Action-Réinsertion (le Sac à dos)
    • Le bon Dieu dans la rue, organisation pour jeunes adultes
    • C.a.c.t.u.s. Montréal
    • La cafétéria communautaire Multi Caf
    • Carrefour d’alimentation et de partage St-Barnabé inc.
    • Dîners St-Louis
    • Dopamine
    • Maison des amis du Plateau Mont-Royal
    • La Maison Benoît Labre
    • Mission Bon Accueil
    • Mission Old Brewery
    • Plein milieu
    • Rue Action Prévention (RAP) jeunesse
    • Refuge des jeunes de Montréal
    • Spectre de rue Inc.
    • Travail de rue / Action communautaire (TRAC)
    • L’Unité d’intervention mobile L’Anonyme
    • Y des femmes de Montréal
    • YMCA du Québec (programme Dialogue)

We may refuse your permit application if you have been declared guilty of infractions related to animal welfare or leash laws, or failure to comply with a euthanasia order issued by Montréal or another municipality.

The license is not reimbursable or transferable, and cannot be assigned to another person.

Required documents

One of the following documents, as ID:

  • Québec driver’s license
  • Québec health insurance card
  • Canadian or foreign passport
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Permanent resident card
  • Doctors of the World Canada ID card

One of the following documents, as proof of address:

  • Bill from a public utility (electricity, telephone, gas or cable provider) that is less than three months old
  • Bill from an educational institution that is less than three months old
  • Monthly statement from a credit or financial institution that is less than three months old
  • Notice of assessment from Revenu Québec or the Canada Revenue Agency
  • School or municipal tax account statement for the current year
  • Record of Employment Insurance
  • Québec health insurance card renewal notice
  • Québec driver’s license renewal notice
  • Valid Accès Montréal card
  • Home insurance statement or certificate that is less than a year old

One of the following documents, as proof of microchipping, if the dog is more than six months of age:

  • Registration form or confirmation of registration (M4S ID, EIDAP, PETIDCO, Pethealth, Petwatch)
  • Invoice from a veterinary clinic or a shelter confirming that the pet was microchipped
  • Adoption or purchase contract confirming that the pet was microchipped
  • Document containinga description of the animal and the owner’s name, issued by a veterinary clinic or a shelter, confirming that the pet was microchipped.

The microchip number must be shown on the proof of microchipping.

One of the following documents, as proof of sterilization, if the dog is more than six months of age:

  • Certificate of sterilization, record, health card, health file, invoice from a veterinary clinic or shelter confirming that the pet was sterilized
  • Adoption or purchase contract confirming that the pet was sterilized
  • Document containing a description of the animal, issued by a veterinary clinic, confirming that the pet was sterilized

If your dog is over six months old and has not been spayed or neutered, there are three possible reasons:

  • You are the owner of a breeding dog from a city-recognized breed association. In this case, you must provide the registration certificate issued by the association.
  • Spaying or neutering is contraindicated for your pet. In this case, you must provide written proof from a veterinarian that states the medical reasons.
  • Spaying or neutering must be delayed due to your dog’s age. In this case, you must provide written proof from a veterinarian

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