Dog License
Dog License

License Requirements

Ohio State Law requires any dog over the age of three (3) months to have a license within 30 days of ownership. Any license purchased after 30 days of ownership, or renewed after the annual renewal period between December 1 through January 31 must include a penalty equal to the cost of the license. Your dog's license may be purchased at the Auditor's Office Monday through Friday between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Dog licenses may also be purchased at the Wayne County Dog Shelter. Information for the shelter is located at the bottom of this page.

ALERT: Auditor Underwood urges dog owners to be cautious when purchasing dog licenses online. No outside vendors legally sell dog licenses in Wayne County. We have had reports of an online vendor fraudulently selling licenses to unsuspecting dog owners. 

Tag Fees

  • $8.00 for a puppy turning 3 months old after July 1st
  • $16.00 Per Adult Dog for an annual license
  • $48.00 Per Adult Dog for a 3 year license
  • $160.00 Per Adult Dog for a permanent license
  • $80.00 for a Kennel License
  • A duplicate license for a current lost license is only $5.00.
  • To transfer a current license to a new owner is only $5.00.

Late Fees

Ohio law requires a late fee equal to the cost of the license. There is no provision in the law to waive the fee. If you renew your dog's license after the January 31 due date the cost will be as follows:

  • $32.00 Per Adult Dog
  • $160.00 for a Kennel License


Fillable Dog License Application 

Kennel License Application (High Volume Breeder Application)

Tag Renewals

Ohio law requires licenses be renewed each year between December 1 and January 31. 2021 Dog Licenses will go on sale December 1, 2020. Applications will be mailed the last week of November. 2021 Dog License Satellite Offices (Click to download)

Dogs Restraints

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 (and not legal) to allow your dog to roam the neighborhood.

Rabies Vaccinations

Regulation #121, section 2.1 under the Wayne County General Health District states "After January 1, 1989, in the Wayne County Combined General Health District, every dog six months of age and older shall be vaccinated against rabies. Every unvaccinated dog six months of age or older which is newly acquired or newly residing in the Wayne County Combined General Health District shall be vaccinated against rabies within thirty days after purchase or arrival." .

Ohio Revised Code

The laws governing dog licensing in the State of Ohio may be found in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), sections 955.01, 955.05, and 955.26

Dangerous and Vicious Animals

Please be aware of the City Ordinances pertaining to dangerous and vicious animals, as recorded in Orrville, Rittman, and Wooster City.

Current Licenses From Outside Wayne County

If you move to Wayne County from another county within Ohio we will honor the license until it is expired. However, if you move here from another state you are required to purchase a license immediately upon arrival. If you wait more than 30 days, we are required to charge a penalty equal to the license fee.

Lost Dogs

Having a license tag attached to your dog's collar may help your dog find its way home in the event he becomes lost. With our online search to locate a lost dog by the tag number, someone finding your dog may be able to contact you and help restore your pet to safety. Also, our office may be contacted between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday to help find the owner of a lost dog. The license number is all the Dog Warden needs to identify a dog's owner. However, please remember if the license tag is not attached to your dog's collar it will not help in the event your dog is lost. The law requires each dog to be wearing their tag. A dog can be Seized and Impounded by the Dog Warden if they are over three months old and found not wearing their license tag, per Ohio Revised Code 955.12.

Visit Our Lost Dog & Renewal License Site:

Wayne County Dog Shelter

5694 Burbank Rd

Wooster Ohio 44691

Phone: 330.345.1018

Fax: 330.345.1025


Tuesday-Friday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday-Monday CLOSED

Wayne County Humane Society

1161 Mechanicsburg Road

Wooster Ohio 44691

Phone: 330.262.0152

Fax: 330.262.4590


Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday-Monday CLOSED

If you have questions regarding the information on this page please call the Wayne County Auditor's Office at