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Dog License

The Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer provides several options to pay for a NEW or RENEWAL dog license. You may pay online, visit a Neighborhood Location, or print out the application to mail-in with your check or money order.


“Ohio law requires owners of dogs to renew their dog license each year between December 1st and January 31st.”

  • One Year licenses (expiring January 31, 2018) - $20.00
  • Three Year licenses (expiring January 31, 2020) - $60.00
  • Permanent licenses (no expiration date) - $200.00

Three Year and Permanent licenses are NOT available for purchase at all Neighborhood Locations, only at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter or the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters (for addresses, view the list of Neighborhood Locations). Or, you may print out the Dog License Application below and mail-in.

$20 Penalty Fee after January 31st

After January 31st, a penalty fee of $20 will be assessed on the purchase of One Year, Three Year, and Permanent licenses for all dogs older than three months of age.

The penalty can be avoided if you purchase the dog license immediately upon acquiring the dog. After the renewal period of December 1 through January 31st, a penalty will be assessed for all dogs licensed that are older than three months of age and have been owned for more than 30 days.

On-time Registration - December 1-January 31  Late Registration - After January 31st 
1 Year  3 Year Permanent 1 Year 3 Year Permanent
$20  $60 $200 $40 $80 $220

There are no provisions in the law to waive the fee. Dog owners with questions may contact our office at 216-443-7010.

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