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Treasurer's Office FAQ
When is the Dauphin County Real Estate tax bill mailed?
The Dauphin County Tax Assessment office is responsible for mailing the county real estate tax bills on February 1st of each year.
 
Is there a deadline to pay County Real Estate taxes?
Yes.  The bill can be paid during the 2% discount, flat, 5% penalty, or 10% penalty periods.  The deadlines for each period are as follows:
Discount:   March 31st
Flat:  May 31st
5% Penalty: July 31st
10% Penalty:  December 31st 
 
What happens if I am not able to pay the county and school real estate taxes by December 31?
Taxes not paid by December 31st are turned over as delinquent to the Dauphin County Tax Claim Bureau and all payments for delinquent taxes must be made through the Tax Claim Bureau after December 31.
 
How can I obtain the payoff amount for delinquent taxes?
The amount of delinquent real estate taxes owed can be obtained from the Dauphin County Tax Claim Bureau.  They can be reached directly at (717) 780-6125.
 
Am I able to make installment payments on my County Real Estate taxes?
No.  You may not make installment payments towards County Real Estate taxes.  The Treasurer’s office is unable to accept anything less than the total amount due on the bill. (Please note: school real estate taxes may be paid in installments, in accordance with the law.)
 
Can I use a credit card to pay my Dauphin County Real Estate taxes?
Yes.  Payments can be made through www.officialpayments.com or by calling
1-800-272-9829. The jurisdiction code is 7512.  Official Payments charges users of their payment services 3% of the total amount due.
 
What is the cost for a tax certification?
The fee for a tax certification is $10.00 per parcel for each year of records requested.  Payment is required before a tax certification will be issued. There is no charge for tax certifications requested by homeowners.
 
Can I receive a tax certification via fax or email?
Yes. However, tax certifications can only be faxed to local or toll-free numbers.
 
For which municipalities does the County Treasurer collect taxes?
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for collecting the following taxes:
City of Harrisburg
Berrysburg Borough
Lower Swatara Township
Millersburg Borough
Penbrook Borough
Susquehanna Township
Pillow Borough
County Tax Only
County, Municipal, School & Per Capita
County & Municipal Tax
County & Municipal Tax
County, Municipal & School
County & Municipal Tax
County, Municipal, School & Per Capita
 
**Real estate tax inquiries for other municipalities must be made to the local tax collector.
 
 
Dog Licensing
 
When do annual dog licenses go on sale?
All licenses become available on December 1 for the subsequent year.  Annual licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31.  Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and are not valid after December 31 of the year for which they were issued.
 
Am I required by law to license my dog?
Licensing your dog is a state law punishable by up to a $300 fine.  Proceeds from the sales are used to fund the PA Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement Office.  The  Dog Law Enforcement Office is responsible for enforcing kennel licensing and inspection, investigating dog bites, enforcing the rabies law, helping to fund humane societies, seizing and detaining dogs which are at-large, and reimbursing individuals for dog-caused damage to livestock, poultry and game-birds.
 
At what age is my dog required to have a license?
All dogs that are age 3 months or older are required by Pennsylvania law to be licensed through the County Treasurer.
 
How do I purchase a dog license?
Licenses are available through the Dauphin County Treasurer’s office or one of the authorized agents located throughout the county.  For agent information, please contact the Treasurer’s office.  Licenses are also available online at www.padoglicense.com 
 
How do I obtain a lifetime dog license for my pet?  
In order to purchase a lifetime license, the dog must be micro-chipped or tattooed.   A veterinarian must verify the microchip or tattoo and complete the Permanent Identification Verification (PIV) form in its entirety, which is required by the state. The applicant must also submit a Lifetime License Application along with the Permanent Identification Verification form.  

If my dog is micro chipped, do I still need to purchase a license?
Yes.  A microchip does not take the place of the state-mandated license.
 
Do I need to provide proof of age or disability when applying for a Senior/Disabled License? 
Yes.  Acceptable forms of proof of disability include a copy of a Medicare card, a handicapped license plate, a handicap placard, or a letter from the Social Security Administration indicating disability.  Senior Licenses are available to those customers who are 65 at the time of purchase.  Senior applicants must provide a copy of a driver’s license showing the applicant’s birth date.
 
Hunting
Can I replace a lost hunting license and/or antlerless tags?
Yes.  The cost to replace them is $6.90 for each license and/or tag being replaced.
 
When do antlerless tags go on sale?
Sale dates can be found in the current issue of the Hunting Digest or online at the PA Game Commission website. Links are available on the county webpage.
 
What are the current seasons and bag limits?
Current season and bag limits can be found in the current issue of the Hunting Digest or online at the PA Game Commission website. Links are available on the county webpage.
 
How can I obtain a Sportsmen’s Permit?
You must apply in person, be 18 years of age or older, and provide a current hunting or fishing license and a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card.
 
How many antlerless tags can I be issued?
You can be awarded one tag per round for the limited WMUs.  An unlimited number of antlerless tags can be issued for WMUs 2B, 5C, & 5D.  Sale dates can be found in the current issue of the Hunting Digest or online at the PA Game Commission website. Links are available on the county website.
 
What are the qualifications for a senior license?
To be eligible for a senior license, you must be age 65 or older or turn age 65 during the current license year.
 
Fishing
When do fishing licenses go on sale?
Fishing licenses for the following year go on sale on December 1 and are valid from January 1st to December 31st of the following year.
 
What are the qualifications for a senior license?
To be eligible for a senior license, you must currently be age 65 or older or turn age 65 during the current license year.
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