Dog / Cat Licenses


Pursuant to township ordinance, all dogs and cats seven months or older must be licensed and have a current tag affixed to a collar or harness.

  • All dogs must be licensed by January 31st of each year; all cats must be licensed by February 28th each year.
  • Rabies vaccination must be current through November 30 for dogs and December 31 for cats each licensing year in order to comply with the New Jersey State Department of Health requirement that the expiration date of the rabies vaccination expire no more than 2 months prior to the end of of the licensing period.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination must be produced before the license will be issued. See below for information regarding our rabies immunization voucher program.
  • Proof of neutering/spaying is required in order to obtain an exemption from additional fees.
  • Newly acquired dogs and cats which attain licensing age must be licensed within 10 days after such acquisition.

License applications are automatically mailed in December to all registered pet owners. For your convenience, we have also made these applications available for download from our website. These are fillable forms that may be filled out on your computer, saved to your hard drive, and/or printed out.

License Fees


  • Altered - $17
  • Unaltered - $20
  • Late fee after January 31st - $10 additional


  • Altered - $17
  • Unaltered - $20
  • Late fee after February 28th - $10 additional

There is no charge for licensing a seeing/hearing dog for the handicapped.

Free Rabies Immunization Voucher Program

Due to COVID-19, the Hodes Veterinary Group has opted out of Randolph's rabies vaccination program this year. The six remaining veterinary practices have asked that pet owners inform them of the voucher prior to the administration of the vaccination.

Free rabies vaccinations are available to all dogs and cats belonging to Randolph and Rockaway Borough residents. These are discreet clinics located at the offices of participating veterinarians between January 1 and February 28.

The health department issues vouchers that are accepted by participating local veterinarians and included in the license renewal packet. You will not be required to pay in advance; the veterinarian takes care of the paperwork. Due to COVID you must call ahead and tell them you have the voucher. Veterinarians schedule appointments for voucher vaccinations differently. If you use a rabies voucher, you must bring the license application (2 copies) and a completed rabies voucher form with you to the veterinarian. If you have questions, call the health department at 973-989-7050.

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