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All dogs over the age of three months are required to be licensed.  Tags are required to be purchased immediately upon acquiring a new dog. After thirty (30) days, a penalty applies. Providing false
information when obtaining a dog license (falsely claiming and animal is altered or providing an incorrect acquisition date to avoid a penalty) is a criminal offense. The Animal Resource Center actively prosecutes offenders.

Licenses can be purchased throughout the year at the following locations:

Auditor's Office:  Lobby of County Building
451 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45422
(937) 225-4314
Purchase Dog License

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
6790 Webster St.
Dayton, OH  45414
(937) 898-4457

Benefits of Dog Licensing

  • A Montgomery County license can be traced 24 hours a day, 365 a year from a link with the Montgomery County Auditor
  • A license distinguishes a lost dog from a stray dog.  Strangers are more apt to extend themselves to licensed pet.
  • Provides legal proof of ownership
  • Licensed dogs are eligible for the Vacation Registration Program.
  • Licensed dogs, by law, are housed at the Shelter 14 days before becoming the property of the county.
  • Revenue from licensing is the Animal Shelter's major source of funding.


A Kennel License can be obtained for $100 from the County Building at 451 West 3rd Street.  Kennel Licenses are not available from any other dog license-selling locations. Those who purchase a Kennel License must also purchase a Vendor's License for the intent to sell breeding stock.