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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my dog need a license?

Every person who owns a dog which becomes three months of age after January 31st and before July 1st must file an application within 30 days of the January 31st deadline and pay the full annual fee. If the dog becomes three months of age after July 1st, the fee is one-half the annual fee.

How often does the license have to be renewed?

  • One Year Tag
  • Dog licenses are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and through January 31st of the following year.

  • Three Year Tag
  • New for 2014 - The State of Ohio has passed new code for County Auditor's to provide dog owners the option of purchasing a three (3) year tag.

  • Permanent Tag
  • New for 2014 - The State of Ohio has passed new code for County Auditor's to provide dog owners the option of purchasing a permanent tag.

    How much does a dog license cost?

    The cost to purchase a dog license in Athens County is set by the Board of County Commissioners (O.R.C. 955.01).

  • One Year Tag
  •           $26 - Regular fee per dog
              $16 - Spayed/Neutered per dog
  • Three (3) Year Tag
  •           $78 - Regular fee per dog
              $48 - Spayed/Neutered per dog
  • Permanent Tag
  •           $260 - Regular fee per dog
              $160 - Spayed/Neutered per dog
  • Kennel Tag
  •           $70 for five (5) tags
                   Must own at least five (5) dogs
                   Must own a state issued vendor's license
              $1 per additional tag

    What is the definition of a Kennel Owner?

    Ohio Revised Code Section 955.02 - A kennel owner is a person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs for sale.

    How can I avoid late fees?

    If your application and payment is not received by the auditor’s office on or before January 31st, a penalty equal to the Dog License Fee will be assessed in addition to the standard Dog License Fee.

    How do I replace a lost license?

    If you or your pet loses a license, you can obtain a duplicate tag for $5.00.

    How do I transfer a license to a new owner?

    The ownership of a current license can be transferred to another owner for $5.00.

    Where can I purchase a dog license?
    • Athens County Auditor's Office
      15 S. Court St., Room 330
      Athens, OH 45701
      (740) 592-3223

    • Athens County Dog Shelter
      13333 SR 13
      Millfield, OH 45761
      (740)593-5415
      Note: The shelter only sells single year tags. All other business must be conducted at the Auditor's office.

    • Online via the Athens County Dog Licensing System

    Can I purchase a dog license by mail?

    Payments can be made in person with cash, check, or money order. Applications and payments can also be made through mail by check or money order (no cash please) to:

    • Jill A. Thompson
      Athens County Auditor
      15 S. Court St. Room 330
      Athens, OH 45701
    Please include a copy of your application, payment, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Your tag and receipt will be mailed back to you.

    What if I move?

    If you move, please call the auditor's office with a new address and phone number.

    For more information call the County Auditor's Office at (740) 592-3223.

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