2017 Dog Licenses Now Available

York County Residents can purchase their dog licenses at their local county treasurer’s office. State law requires all dogs, ages three months of age and older, to be licensed by Jan. 1 each year.

York County Treasurer Barbara Bair said, “Applying for a dog license is a simple and inexpensive way to ensure your dog will be cared for in the event of an emergency”. “Every day, our office reunites lost pets with their owners, but only when the pet has a current dog license on their collar.”Dog

An annual dog license is $8.50 or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are also available at $31.50 or $51.50 for dogs that have permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license at a discounted rate.

The license application collects information such as the owner’s contact information and details about the dog being licensed, such as the pet’s name, age, breed and color. The information is used by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law, local police and shelters to identify lost dogs and get them home safely.

Treasurer Bair stressed the importance of licensing your dog:

  • It’s the law. All dogs, three months of age and older, must have a current license.
  • If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps identify your dog and return him safely to you.
  • The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
  • License fees support animal control through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations.

Dog owners may purchase the licenses online, by mail or in person at the Treasurer’s Office (28 E. Market St., York, PA 17401) or at any one of the 17 satellite sub-agents throughout York County. Additional information is available on the York County Treasurer website by clicking here. 

This year we sent 9,000 email renewal notices from to dog owners that had previously given us an email address. All other pet owners with 2015 annual licenses were sent a reminder notice through the mail, courtesy of the PA Department of Agriculture, Office of Dog Law.

Important reminders:

If you dog lost his lifetime license tag, the Treasurer’s office can issue a replacement tag for your dog.

Please notify the Treasurer’s office if you have a change in your contact information.

If you have any questions regarding dog licensing, please contact Bridget James in the Treasurer’s Office, or 717-771-9603.

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