Dog License Tool Kit
2022 Dog Licenses Available at County Treasurers’ Offices; All Dogs Must be Licensed by Jan. 1
Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2022 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.
An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.
The dog license application is simple and only requests owner contact information and details about the dog being licensed, including name, age, breed and color.
Bucks County offered these reasons for dog licensing:
- If a dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him/her back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify a dog and its rightful owners.
- It’s the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
- 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. The annual fee to license a dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which provides a number of vital services to protect dogs and the public. Last year, the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement:
- Enforced health and safety regulations in kennels by licensing 2,428 such operations and conducting more than 5,200 inspections.
- Helped to secure more than 4,500 stray dogs, placing them in shelters until those that were licensed could be reunited with their owners.
- Issued more than 3,000 citations and filed 115 misdemeanor complaints for violations of the Dog Law, including failing to license dogs, abandoning dogs, and allowing them to run at large.
- Investigated nearly 1,500 dog bites, and they investigated and monitored 587 dogs that were deemed dangerous by magisterial judges.
Dog License Document Center
- Annual Dog License Application (PDF)
- Lifetime Dog License Application (PDF)
- Permanent Identification Verification Form (PDF)
- Person with a Disability Affidavit (PDF)
- 2021 Bucks County Dog Agent List (PDF)
For more information, contact:
Kristian Ballerini, Treasurer
Email the Office of the Treasurer
55 E Court Street
5th Floor, Administration
Doylestown, PA 18901 Phone: 215-348-6244
Hours- Monday through Friday- 8 am to 4:30 pm
For a list of county treasurers, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062.