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How much does a Montgomery County Ohio Dog License cost?
For 2020, the spayed or neutered dog license cost remains the same, $20.00 (no proof is required if your dog is already spayed or neutered). Unaltered dog licenses are $24.00.

Spayed/neutered $4 additional fee exclusions:

  • 9 months old or less (no proof required)
  • Advanced in years or has a medical condition preventing the dog from being spayed or neutered (veterinarian certification is required unless vet certification was given previously)
  • Used or intended to be used for breeding or show (breed registry number required)
  • Used or intended to be used for hunting (owner’s 2019 - 2020 hunting license number required)

Multi-year Licenses: A Three-Year tag is $60 for spayed/neutered dogs, and $72 for unaltered dogs. A Permanent license is $200 for spayed/neutered dogs, and $240 for unaltered dogs. Should an owner wish to purchase a 3-year license for a dog becoming 3-months of age after July 1st or being brought or purchased from outside the state after July 1st, the cost would be $50 (spayed/neutered) or $60 (un-spayed/un-neutered). Permanent license costs are unchanged after July 1st. These licenses will be sold exclusively by the Auditor's Office. Choose carefully, as no refunds will be given.

General License Info:
Licenses are to be renewed annually between December 1st and January 31st. If you obtain a dog after January 31st, you are required to license your dog immediately.  A penalty equal to the cost of the dog license applies after 30 days of acquiring your pet. Unless confined in a registered kennel, dogs must wear their license tag at all times. All dogs discovered without a dog license tag are subject to impounding, sale, or destruction. No refunds are given on dog licenses.

If your dog’s tag is lost, the County Auditor will issue a duplicate tag for $5.00 when provided with proof of licensing. Transferring the ownership of your dog to another person must be done through the Auditor’s Office and costs $5.00.

Ohio law requires dogs over 3 months of age to be licensed. The county is authorized to hold a licensed dog for up to 14 days after mailing a notice of its capture to the owner before it can either be humanely destroyed or adopted. Unlicensed dogs may be destroyed or adopted out after being held for 3 days. 

Why License Your Dog? IT'S THE LAW!
If your dog is ever missing, a dog license tag provides a quick and accurate way of notifying you if someone else finds your pet. It is also Ohio law that all dogs are licensed:
  • All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed. No dog shall be harbored, kept, or owned without displaying a valid registration tag. (The law applies regardless of whether the dog is kept inside or out.) ORC (Ohio Revised Code) 955.21
  • A penalty shall be assessed if dog license is not secured on or before January 31st, or within 30 days after the dog becomes 3 months of age, or is brought from outside the state. ORC 955.01
  • Certificates or registration and registration tags shall be valid only during the CALENDAR year in which they are issued and during the first thirty-one (31) days of the following calendar year. ORC 955.09

There are 4 methods to apply for/renew registration:

1. If you received a dog license reminder and want to renew by mail, correct all license information on the form, if necessary. You can make copies to add new dogs, if needed. Select the fee, indicate whether your dog(s) has/have been spayed or neutered, and sign and date the form. Mail the top half of form and check or money order made out to Montgomery County Dog License to the following address:

PO BOX 972
DAYTON, OH 45422-1031

Include veterinarian certification for the spay/neuter fee exclusion, if necessary. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your application and payment so that your tag(s) may be sent to you.

2. Apply/renew online and pay with a credit card, debit card or e-check. Your tag(s) will be sent to you, usually within a week. If you need a veterinarian’s certification for the spay/neuter fee exclusion, you must use the mail-in option or the 4 outposts listed in method no. 4. Three-year and permanent licenses are not available online.

3. Print a blank application and mail it and your check to the address on the application. Include veterinarian certification for the spay/neuter fee exclusion, if necessary. Should you need to show veterinarian certification for a additional fee exception (listed above), please include it. If you have a dog used for show breeding or hunting, please provide the breed registry number, or the 2019-2020 hunting license number to get the additional fee exclusion. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

4. Go to any of our outposts. If you have a spay/neuter fee exclusion and need to provide veterinarian certification, breed registry number, or hunting license number, you must go to the Auditor’s Licensing Office or the Animal Resource Center. Outposts are allowed by Ohio law to charge $0.75 per dog.

Kennel Licenses:
A kennel license can only be obtained from the Auditor’s Office at the County Administration Building, 451 W. Third Street. Those who purchase a kennel license must also have or purchase a Vendor’s License for the intent to sell breeding stock or have a hunting license. Kennel licenses cost $100 for 2020, which includes 5 tags. Additional kennel tags cost $1.00 each.

Helping the handicapped = Free dog license
Handicapped assistance tags are available and are good for a service dog’s entire life. The tag is free if there is proof of professional training of the dog for handicapped assistance. "Assistance dog" means a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog that has been trained by a nonprofit special agency.