Rhode Island State Law states that dog licenses must be renewed during the month of April every year. The licensing year is May 1 through April 30 and the license fee is $8 per dog. If the dog is licensed after April 30th, a late fee of $20 is charged.
For residents that are new to town or have a new dog joining the family, licensing is required within a month of moving to town or getting a new dog. A new puppy can be licensed once the rabies vaccine is given.
Rabies Vaccination Certificate Required
A valid Rabies Vaccination Certificate must be presented at the time of licensing. The vaccination must be current and valid into the licensing year. No more than three dogs are allowed at any residence.