Dog Licensing


Dog Licensing

By law, all dogs in the State of Ohio three months and older must be licensed by January 31st of each year, or within 30 days of bringing a new dog into your family, (ORC 955.01). The standard licensing period runs December 1st through January 31. After that date, the price of a license doubles.

Licenses are available for purchase at the shelter for $16.75. 

Besides being required by law, here are a few of the reasons why it’s important to license your pooch:

  • Licensing fees are far less expensive than the fines you can incur without one. Dog owners with unlicensed dogs can face fines of $110, in addition to a $125 fee that can be issued if for an unlicensed dog running at large.
  • A license is a dog’s primary identification and provides an easy way to identify and contact the owner so if your dog goes missing. Being licensed will drastically improve the chances of your dog being returned to you.

  • Revenue from dog license sales funds the county animal shelter and helps the animals in our care. License fees are needed for everything from food and cleaning supplies to water and electric bills, as well as for dog warden services, shelter staff and veterinary care for the hundreds of homeless pets that go through the shelter’s doors every year. In fact, without community support from license fees, there is no way to keep the shelter going.

  • Licenses can be purchased online through the county auditor's office at