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License Your Dog in PA

Protector of dogs, but will it last: picture of dog warden with stray dog emphasizing need to increase dog license fee

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year.  Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50.  Please note: to be eligible for a lifetime license the dog must be either microchipped or tattooed.  If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime fee is $31.50.  Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.  The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents.

Philadelphia Residents:  For residents of Philadelphia, dog licenses must be purchased directly through the City of Philadelphia’s licensing agent, Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly), or through one of ACCT Philly’s authorized license retailers. For more information, go to: