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Dog License

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I license my dog?
The annual license renewal period is December 1 through February 2. If you have a new puppy, you must buy a license by the time he reaches three months old. If you have just moved into Erie County or if you just acquired a new dog, you must purchase a license within 30 days.

Where can I purchase a dog license?
You can purchase a license by mail or in person at the County Auditor's office any time during the year. During renewal time, several convenient locations in Erie County are established to issue dog licenses. View the list of locations below or call the Auditor's Office at (419) 627-7746 to find out where dog licenses are sold.

Locations Where You Can Purchase Dog Tags
Name Location Telephone Number
ACE Hardware Huron 419-433-4797
Bay View Center Bay View 419-626-2058
Civista Banking Co. Castalia 419-684-5333
Civista Banking Co. Berlin Heights 419-588-2095
Civista Banking Co. Sandusky 419-625-4123
Country Breeze Vermilion 440-967-3081
Dog Gone Gorgeous Sandusky 567-283-5150
Dave's Food Mart Milan 419-499-4200
Erie Co. Auditor’s Office Erie Co. Office Bldg., Sandusky 419-627-7746
Erie Co. Care-A-Van Sandusky 419-366-8792
Firelands Animal Hospital Huron 419-433-6210
Kelleys Island Market Kelleys Island 419-746-2292
Lakeshore Vet Hospital Sandusky 419-621-9080
M & M Boarding Kennel Sandusky 419-626-9437
Milan Drive Thru Milan 419-499-4475
Online Dog License Service www.eriecounty.oh.gov/dogwarden  
Pet Supplies Plus 3820 Milan Road, Sandusky 419-627-5570
Sandusky Animal Hosiptal Sandusky 567-256-3615
Sandusky Food & Wine Sandusky 419-365-2038
Sandusky License Bureau
1050 Cleveland Road, Sandusky 419-625-1983
The Chelsea Dog Sandusky 419-370-6737
York Animal Hospital Bellevue 419-483-7480
Dairy Store Vermilion 440-967-2300
2nd Roe Feeds & Seeds Monroeville 419-499-3031

Must my dog wear a tag?
Yes. Ohio law requires it. The Dog Warden may impound dogs without tags.

Why do I need to license my dog?
First, Ohio law requires that you license your dog. Second, a license tag attached to your dog's collar proves ownership and is your pet's ticket home if he gets lost.

What are dog license fees in Erie County?
$20.00 for a dog license. $100.00 for a kennel license (5 dogs).

What if I forget to buy my dog's license during the renewal period of December 1 through February 2?
Ohio law requires a late fee - equal to the annual fee as imposed. In Erie County, this would mean that if you missed the February 2nd deadline, you will have to pay $40 for a tag. There are no provisions in the law to waive the late fee.

Can I let my dog run loose if he is licensed?
NO! It is against the law. Ohio law specifies that all dogs must be confined to your property or under reasonable control - such as on a leash when being walked. It is not safe to let your dog roam the neighborhood.

What do I do if I find a lost dog?
If the dog is wearing a current Erie County license tag, call the Erie County Dog Warden at (419) 627-7607.

What if I move?
If you move within Erie County, please call (419) 627-7607 with your new address and telephone number so we can keep your information up-to-date. If you move to another county, call that County's Dog Warden's Office for licensing information.