Dog License Information
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.
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
$260 - Regular fee per dog
$160 - Spayed/Neutered per dog
$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?
Can I purchase a dog license by mail?
- Athens County Auditor's Office
15 S. Court St., Room 330
Athens, OH 45701
- Athens County Dog Shelter
13333 SR 13
Millfield, OH 45761
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
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:
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?
- Jill A. Thompson
Athens County Auditor
15 S. Court St. Room 330
Athens, OH 45701
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.