Dog Licenses


  440-576-3794 440-576-3794
8:00am - Noon, 1pm-4:30pm


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Ohio requires licensing for all dogs

All dogs three-months-old or older must register or renew their license each year between December 1 and January 31. New dogs owners must purchase a license within 30 days. Renewals submitted after January 31 incur a $12.00 late fee.  


Licenses alert the Dog Warden of official ownership and the owner’s contact information. Per State law, recovered dogs without licenses may be sold or euthanized after only three days.

* In office payments include credit card, cash, and check. By Ohio Law, credit card fees must be passed on to the purchaser and cannot be paid by our office. A $2 or more fee will be applied by the Credit Card company.* 


Owners may submit applications online, through mail or in our office.

We only accept checks or money orders. If sending via mail, please use the following contact information:




JEFFERSON, OH 44047-1092

License Price
One Year License $12.00
Three Year License $36.00
Permanent License $120.00



In addition to our office, owners may also submit applications in the following locations *with Registrar Fees possible:






Download Kennel Application

A kennel license costs $60.00 and includes five tags. Additional tags cost $1.00 per dog.


The term "kennel" means any pack or collection of dogs, over the age of three months, kept together for the purposes of hunting or for sale.


According to the Ohio Revised Code, a kennel owner is a "person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale." When a person breeds dogs avowedly as a hobby, "but permits sales to become such a factor that he advertises for sale" the breeding activity and dogs, that person "is professionally engaged in the business of dog breeding" and should be registered as a kennel.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it typically take before I receive my dog license?

Licenses should arrive in the mail within 10 business days. Please contact us if your license doesn't reach you within this period. Extra processing time may be necessary during December 1 to January 31 due to volume.

Does my dog need a license if it only stays inside?

Yes. All dogs over three-moths-old need a license.

What if my dog’s tag is lost?

Provide proof and a replacement tag will be issued for $5.00.

What if my dog moves to a new home?

The new owner must record the ownership change with us and present a transfer of ownership certificate signed by the former owner. This process carries a $5.00 fee.

What about service dogs?

Service dogs (guide, leader and support animals) must have licenses, but their fee is waived. Ohio Revised Code, section 955.011 requires an owner to provide validation of service dog status from a nonprofit special agency. Once registered with the county, they receive a permanent license and unique tag.

What if I move?

If you move within Ashtabula County, notify our office with your new address and telephone number so we can update your information. If you move to another county, you must call their county’s Auditor for licensing information.

Where do the proceeds go from the dog license program?

The license proceeds support the day-to-day operations of the County Dog Warden and the issuance of licenses.

Contact Us

(P) 440-576-3783

(F) 440-576-3797

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Our office is located in the county courthouse at
25 W Jefferson St, Jefferson, Ohio.

Contact Us

(P) 440-576-3783

(F) 440-576-3797

25 W Jefferson St, Jefferson, Ohio

Open M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

Public Records Policy