A representative from Kent County Levy Court is reminding all county residents their dogs must be licensed by March 1.

The March 1 deadline for individuals seeking to renew or obtain a new dog license in Kent County is fast approaching.

Those in need of dog licenses may obtain them by visiting the Kent County Administration Complex from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The administration building is at 555 Bay Road, Dover.

Applicants wishing to process licenses by mail must include a copy of the dog’s current rabies certificate, proof of being spayed or neutered, along with a check or money order to the above address. The licenses will be processed and returned within two to three business days. Renewals submitted via mail must be postmarked on or before March 1 to avoid the late fee. The complete mailing address is Kent County Administration Building, Room 243, 555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901-4617.

In accordance with Delaware law, all dogs, 6 months of age or older on or before March 1 of the year in which an application is made, must be licensed within the county in which they reside. Licenses are valid for one year and must be obtained by March 1.

All applicants for dog licenses must show proof of current rabies vaccination. The rabies vaccinations must be valid at the time the application is applied for, and the vaccination expiration date must occur after March 1 of the year through which the license will be valid.

The license fee for spayed/neutered dogs is: one year for $8 or three years for $20. A non-spayed/non-neutered dog is: one year for $12 or three years for $30.

Seeing-eye, lead or guide dogs or dogs that previously have served in a branch of the United States armed forces must be licensed, but are exempt from the licensing fee.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting the Kent County Delaware website at co.kent.de.us.