Morris Plains the Community of Caring
531 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, NJ 07950     973-538-2224

Pet Licenses

The Borough of Morris Plains requires all dogs and cats over the age of seven months to have rabies shots and to be licensed with the Town. Failure to do so may result in a summons.

To obtain a license for your pet, you can download an application below. The completed application should then be submitted to the Borough Clerk’s Office.  You may also contact the Clerk’s Office during business hours ( 8:30am – 4:30pm) by calling (973) 538-2224

Dog and Cat licenses expire on January 31 of each year.

If your dog or cat is deceased, has changed ownership, or you no longer reside in Morris Plains please notify the Borough Clerk’s Office at 973-538-2224.

For information about livestock in the Borough, please see the related ordinance here.


License Application

Follow instructions to complete either the downloadable PDF or the online form, linked below:

OPTION 1: Download & Print the License Application:

  • Download the Dog / Cat License Application (PDF)
  • Print and complete the application
  • Return application to the Borough Clerk’s office by U.S. mail or in person during office hours
  • Be sure to include the appropriate licensing fee (see below) and a copy of a valid rabies certificate(s) and spay/neuter certification(s), if applicable (see below)
  • Checks should be made payable to “Borough of Morris Plains”
  • After the Clerk’s Office reviews your application, rabies certificate, and payment, your new pet license will be sent to you by mail.

OPTION 2: Complete Online Dog / Cat License Application & Submit online

  • Utilize the ONLINE pet license application (NEW!)
  • Complete all information by typing on your computer and click “submit form”
  • You will be instructed to upload a copy of a valid rabies certificate or spay/neuter certificate (if applicable)
  • You will be instructed to submit payment either online or by mail
  • After the Clerk’s Office reviews your application, rabies certificate, and payment, your new pet license will be sent to you by mail.

Dog / Cat License Fees

  • Spayed/neutered pets (written proof required first time license is issued): $16.00 annual license fee
  • Not spayed / not neutered pets: $19.00 annual license fee

Rabies Inoculation Requirement

Be sure to check the rabies information and neuter status of your pet prior to applying.  If there have been any changes since the last registration, such as an updated rabies vaccine, be sure to enclose required veterinarian certificates which will be returned.

Each licensing year, rabies certification must be valid through October 31.

Look for information in News & Announcements about our annual FREE Rabies Clinic held in the Borough. You may also visit other vaccination clinics in Morris County or your veterinarian’s office for your pet’s rabies vaccine.

New Pets & New Residents

  • Newly acquired dogs and cats must be licensed within ten (10) days of acquisition.
  • Dogs and cats must be licensed within ten (10) days of reaching licensing age.
  • Any new resident shall acquire a license within ten (10) days of establishing residence in the Town
  • License must be issued in the name of an adult member of the household.

Guide Dog Exception

Seeing Eye dogs shall be licensed in the same manner as other dogs. In these cases, the fees are waived.

Contact the Clerk/Registrar

Rosanne Denman, Borough Clerk & Registrar

RoseMarie Leyhan, Deputy Clerk & Deputy Registrar

531 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

(973) 538-2224

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m