Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 
Dog Licensing FAQ

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Does my dog need a license?
- Yes. Your dog can be up to three (3) months old before it is required to get a license. All dogs over three (3) months of age must be licensed.
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Why should I get a license for my dog?
- Because it's the law! And a license is a lost dog's ticket home! When your dog has its license attached to its collar, its assigned license number is all that is necessary for our office to identify the dog's owner.
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What do I do if I find a lost dog?
- Please call your local Dog Shelter or Animal Control.
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How do I report my dog as having been lost?
- Please call your local Dog Shelter or Animal Control.
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How often does the license have to be renewed?
- Dog licenses must be renewed annually between December 1 and January 31.
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How much does an online dog license cost?
- The annual base fee for a license is set by your County Commissioners. A license may also be assessed a late penalty if it is purchased outside the standard registration period. Besides these fees, a convenience fee is added to a license bought online. The fee is listed on the website as the 'Online Fee'.
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How do I get a duplicate license? How do I replace a lost license?
- If you or your pet loses a license, you can request a duplicate license from the County Auditor's Office for a small fee. Please contact your County Auditor's office for the necessary form.
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How do I transfer a license to a new owner?
- The ownership of a current dog license can be transferred to another owner for a small fee. The current owner on file, or executor of the current owner's estate, must sign the transfer form. It is also advisable for the new owner to sign the form. Please contact your County Auditor's office for the necessary form.
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What if I move?
- If you move within your current County, you can call your County Auditor's office with your new address and telephone number so they can keep the information up-to-date. If you move to another county, call that County's Auditor for licensing information.
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Where do the proceeds go from the dog license program?
- The license proceeds support the County dog shelter and the issuance of licenses.
The license proceeds are often the sole support for day-to-day operations at the County Dog Shelter.
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Do County Officials have access to my credit card information?
- No. Credit card information is not made available to County Officials. If for any reason your credit card cannot be processed, you will be notified via email or telephone and asked to log in to your account to verify credit card information and to make any necessary corrections. Credit card orders for dog licenses will not be accepted over the telephone.
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How will I know that my payment was made?
- You will see a confirmation page with a transaction number after completing the payment process. We recommend you print or save this page for your records.
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How long does it typically take before I receive my dog license?
- Licenses are sent through postal mail and should arrive within 10 business days. The charge will be posted to your credit card at time of registration. Contact us if your dog license doesn't reach you within this period. Please allow extra time for processing during December 1 to February 28.
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