How do I purchase a dog license?
The regular dog licensing period is December 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024.
The regular annual dog license fee continues to be $19. If you fail to renew by the January 31, 2024 deadline, you can still purchase a dog license but an additional penalty of $19 will be added to the cost. Additionally, you may purchase a 3-Year Dog License good for the 2024, 2025 & 2026 Dog License seasons. If purchased during the licensing period the cost is $57. Late fees do apply. Also available are Permanent Dog Licenses. If purchased during the licensing period the cost is $190. Late fees do apply.
DOG LICENSES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER DOG.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON DOG LICENSES.
You may purchase a 1-Year Dog or Kennel License, a 3-Year License or a Permanent License at the Hamilton County Auditor's Office, 138 East Court Street, Room 304, in downtown Cincinnati. Please call (513) 946-4123 for an application or details.
1-Year Dog and Kennel Licenses can also be purchased on-line. Click the link on this page for the 2024 Dog and Kennel Licenses New or Renewal. There is a convenience fee charged if you purchase on-line..
1-Year Dog Licenses may be purchased at one of our convenient neighborhood vendors. There is a 75¢ agent fee if you purchase this way.
Why should I buy a license for my dog?
Dogs must be licensed by law, even if they never leave your property.
A dog license tag attached to your pet's collar is proof of ownership.
Owners of unlicensed dogs can be cited to court and fined.
How does a license protect my dog? What if my dog is lost?
Dogs wearing a license tag have a better chance of returning home. Click on the Dog License Search here or from our home page to find the owner of a dog you have found. If you have lost a dog please contact the dog warden at (513) 541-7387.
Unlicensed dogs can be impounded by the dog warden.
Can licensed dogs run loose?
NO! The license does not allow your dog any privileges, but it helps him get back home if he gets lost.
Ohio law also requires that dogs remain under reasonable control at all times. Leashes and fences keep dogs safe. Loose dogs can be hit by a car, injured in a dog fight, cause neighborhood damage or injure a person or other animals.
Loose dogs can also be impounded by the dog warden or turned into the animal shelter by a concerned citizen. The cost of redeeming an impounded dog includes a fine and court costs.
If the dog is not licensed, the court fees may be doubled and the license fee increases from $19 to $38.
Can I transfer the license if I sell or give my dog to a new owner?
Yes; call the Auditor's Office at (513) 946-4123 for information. License transfers and replacement tags cost $5.00.
What should I do if I move?
If you move within Hamilton County, report your new address to the Auditor's Office at (513) 946-4123. If you move outside the county, call that county's auditor for license information.
What should I do if my dog gets lost? If I find a lost dog?
If your dog gets lost, call the Hamilton County Dog Warden at (513) 541-7387.
If you find a lost dog wearing a Hamilton County License, click the Dog License Search here or from our home page to find the owner of a dog you have found.
If you find a lost dog that is not wearing a current license tag, call the dog warden at (513) 541-7387.