Dog License

General Information

A dog license is required by law. On the occasion that a dog becomes lost, dog tags are a useful tool in reconnecting the dog to its rightful owner. Any dog that is over three (3) months of age is required to have a license. According to Ohio Revised Code, dog wardens shall seize and impound all dogs over three months old found not wearing valid registration tags. If the owner does not claim the lost dog, within 14 days, the dog shall be sold or destroyed. Therefore, it is imperative that dog owners maintain current tags for their dog(s).  

Registering for a Dog License

Dog licenses may be purchased on an annual, three (3) year, or pemanent basis. A dog license must be obtained for any dog over three (3) months of age. For the forthcoming year, a dog owner can file for a dog license(s) beginning on December 1 through January 31. This allows a timeframe of 60 days for the dog license to be secured. If the dog license is not secured on or before January 31 a penalty will be assessed. The penalty must be paid at the time of registration.

Dog license fees beginning December 1:

Annual dog registration: $22.00 per tag
Three (3) Year 
dog registration: $66.00 per tag
Permanent 
dog registration: $220.00 per tag

If a dog license is not secured by January 31 the fee is $44.00 per tag which includes the penalty. 

If a dog owner obtains a new dog within the year, the dog owner has 30 days to file for a dog license. 

If the registration tag is lost, a duplicate can be received at the Auditor’s Office for a $5.00 fee. Please note that the State of Ohio determines the fee for the duplicate.

Please note that only annual dog tags are transferable. Three (3) year and permanent dog tags are non-transferable.

Please note that $0.10 per dog tag goes to the Ohio State University Veterinary services for research.

Access the Dog License Registration form. 

Access the Online Dog Licensing site.

Registering Puppies

According to the law, a dog owner must obtain a license for a dog which becomes three months of age after January 1 and before July 1. The dog owner has 30 days to file for a dog license for dogs that are within this criteria. The dog license will be a full year’s fee. If the dog becomes three months after July 1, the fee is one-half a full year’s fee. If the dog owner does not file for a dog license within 30 days of the dog becoming three months age, a penalty will be assessed. The penalty must be paid at the time of registration. 

Registering Dogs from Outside of Ohio

According to the law, a dog owner must obtain a license for a dog which becomes three months of age after January 1 and before July 1. The dog owner has 30 days to file for a dog license for dogs that are within this criteria. The dog license will be a full year’s fee. If the dog becomes three months after July 1, the fee is one-half a full year’s fee. If the dog owner does not file for a dog license within 30 days of the dog becoming three months age, a penalty will be assessed. The penalty must be paid at the time of registration. 

Transferring a Dog License

A dog license is able to be transferred to a new owner. For example, if Person A purchased a dog license for the year, but then sells the dog to Person B. Person A can transfer the dog license to Person B instead of Person B purchasing a new dog license. Person A (the transferor) has to fill out the Transfer of Ownership Certificate, including the name and address of Person B (the transferee). There is a $5.00 charge to transfer the license. Please note that the State of Ohio determines the fee for transferring a dog license.

Access the Transfer of Ownership Certificate.

If a dog is deemed to be a dangerous dog, an additional form must be completed for the transfer of ownership.  Access the additional Transfer of Ownership Certificate form.

Kennel License

According to the law, a kennel owner is a person, partnership, firm, company or corporation that professionally engages in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale. Beginning Dec 1, the cost of a kennel license is $110.00 for the first five (5) tags and $1.00 for each additional tag. The kennel license is sold if there are five or more dogs that fit into the criteria of being bred for hunting or for sale. The fee if purchased after the deadline is $220.00 for the first five (5) tags, which includes the penalty.

Access the Kennel License Registration

Locations to Obtain Licenses

Tags can be purchased in person ONLY at the The Dog Warden’s Office.

Kennel Licenses, Dangerous dog tags, Duplicate tags and registering a service dog can only be obtained from The Dog Warden’s Office.

Please note that the  Dog Warden locations accept cash, credit card and check for payment .

A dog owner may also use the online site to obtain an annual dog license good for ONE YEAR. The online site does not offer the three (3) year or permanent license. The online site does accept debit and credit cards.

Applications can be sent to the Dog Warden’s Office or dropped of at the Courthouse Drop Box (Exact change is necessary).

A duplicate tag can only be obtained from the Auditor’s Office.

Registering a service dog and obtaining a kennel license must be completed at the Auditor’s Office as well. 

Change of Address

If there is a change of address within the county, please call the Auditor’s Office to update the address and telephone number. It is important to update the Auditor’s Office with this information. If a dog becomes lost, the Auditor’s Office will have the correct contact information so that the dog is able to be quickly returned to its owner.

If the change of address is outside of Allen County, please contact the Auditor of that county to obtain licensing information.

Lost and Found Dogs

If your dog is lost there are several entities that you can contact to hopefully locate your dog:
Allen County Dog Warden 
Humane Society of Allen County
PET FBI
Petfinder

If you have found a lost dog with a tag, you may be able to locate the dog’s owner online.

If you have found a lost dog there are several entities that you can contact to hopefully locate the dog’s owner.
Allen County Dog Warden
Allen County Auditor’s Office
Humane Society of Allen County
PET FBI
Petfinder

Nuisance, Dangerous or Vicious Dog

A dog license is required by law. On the occasion that a dog becomes lost, dog tags are a useful tool in reconnecting the dog to its rightful owner. Any dog that is over three (3) months of age is required to have a license. According to Ohio Revised Code, dog wardens shall seize and impound all dogs over three months old found not wearing valid registration tags. If the owner does not claim the lost dog, within 14 days, the dog shall be sold or destroyed. Therefore, it is imperative that dog owners maintain current tags for their dog(s).