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Dog Licensing

Licensing your dog is a part of our state law and is required when your dog reaches three months of age. Licensing also provides a means of reuniting lost pets with their owners. I hope you find this information helpful and worthwhile. Should you have any questions about dog licensing, please do not hesitate to contact us.

When? All dogs over 3 months of age must be licensed each year before the 31st of January. When you obtain an older dog you have 30 days to purchase a tag without paying a penalty. However, a tag should be purchased immediately in order to avoid possible Municipal Court non-licensure fines.

Cost? A dog license can be purchased for the duration of 1 or 3 years or for the entire life of the dog. A kennel license (good for 1 year) can also be purchased. In order to purchase the kennel license, you must be engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale in order to qualify for this type of license. Three year and permanent tags can only be purchased in December and January.

Duration of license Cost
1 year license $16.00
3 year license $48.00
Permanent license, does not expire $160.00
1 year kennel license for 5 dogs $80.00

Where? Monday through Friday at the County Auditor's Office in the Courthouse, or by mail using the dog application. Please go to Forms / Publications to apply for a dog tag (under misc licenses). You can also purchase dog tags online Online Dog Licensing

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