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Animal welfare bureau offering online license renewals


By Richard Jones | May 28, 2017

The Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare has launched a pilot program to open online license renewals to all of Illinois, according to a press release.

The bureau, a division of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, currently issues more than 5,200 licenses a year. It is now in the process of mailing renewal notices to all current license holders in the state with instructions for renewing online. 

Those wishing to renew now can go to

The following licenses are eligible for online renewal: Pet Shop Operator, Cattery Operator, Dog Dealer, Kennel Operator, Animal Control, Animal Shelter, Horse Rescue and Guard Dog Service.

Raymond Poe, the director of the Agriculture Department, started the program on instructions from Gov. Bruce Rauner to find methods to improve the way state agencies interact with taxpayers. The bureau is the first to initiate the licensing pilot program. 

“Our goal should be to make doing business in the state of Illinois easier, not more difficult," Poe said, according to the release. Utilizing digital technology, we will be able to increase efficiencies for all parties, reduce costs and provide a positive experience for our customers.”

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