Dog License

janis and puppyThank you for licensing your dog. A license is your dog's ticket home. The Treasurer's Office maintains a database of all licenses issued in the county, which allows us to reunite dog and owner quickly. State law requires all dogs 3-months and older to be licensed. Please call our office if you have any questions regarding licensing. (717) 780-6550. 
Annual licenses are available online, in person, at an agent location, or through the mail.
Lifetime licenses may be purchased by mail or in person at the Treasurer's Office.
Lifetime licenses are not available online or at agent locations.


Dog License application ONLINE

Dog owners can purchase their annual dog licenses online. Please click the link above to purchase your dog license online. Users will be charged a $2.00 per license processing fee payable to the vendor. Tag(s) will be mailed to you promptly.

Annual License - Applying by Mail

Please click on the link above to print a dog license application which can be mailed to the Treasurer’s Office along with the appropriate payment in the form of a check or money order made payable to "Dauphin County Treasurer."
The annual license is valid for the current calendar year and must be renewed annually in January each year. Annual licenses may also be purchased at one of our approved agent locations throughout Dauphin County.  

Lifetime Licenses - by mail or in person only - MICROCHIP REQUIRED

Lifetime licenses may be purchased through the Treasurer’s office only, in person or by mail. The  lifetime license application may be downloaded from this site, but the license cannot be purchased through our online vendor or at an approved agent location.  Lifetime licenses require a microchip or tattoo*. To download a Lifetime License application, click on the link below: 

        Permanent Identification Verification Form ONLY
Instructions for Lifetime Application (Microchip and Tattoo)

*tattoo numbers are issued by the Treasurer’s office. If you plan to have your dog tattooed, please refer to the instructions for lifetime licenses.

Mail your application and check to:
Dauphin County Treasurer
c/o Dog Licensing Division

101 Market Street, Room 105
Harrisburg, PA 17101

License Transfer
You may transfer an annual or lifetime license to another owner or another county.

County Transfer: Submit in writing the license number, owner name and new address, dogincluding county. Request must be signed by the current dog owner. Enclose one check for $1.00 made payable to "county treasurer" to cover the cost of transfer.  This fee is received by the receiving county.  

Ownership Transfer: Submit in writing authorization to transfer the dog license to the new owner. Include the license number, names and addresses of current and new owner. Request must be signed by the current dog owner, rescue or kennel. Requests  for transfers should be mailed to:

Dauphin County Treasurer
c/o Dog License Transfers
P. O. Box 1295
Harrisburg, PA 17108
**If you are a dog owner in Dauphin County, it is important that you license your dog. Licensing is mandated by state law and is enforced by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Fines for failing to secure a license range from $25.00 to $300.00. The Dauphin County Treasurer's office maintains a database of licenses that are issued, which enables big doglost dogs to be returned to their owners more readily. This reduces costs incurred by the municipalities when the Humane Society must take possession of a lost dog.

NOTE: Harrisburg City residents must apply for license with the City Treasurer (717-255-3046).
If you have found a lost dog in Dauphin County and it has a license, please call 780-6550 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Agent  Phone Address 
Agway/Hanoverdale   Country Store (717) 566-2569 486 Hershey   Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Animal Instincts Pet Salon (717)   944-9759 2285   W Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Derry Twp.  (717)   533-2057 600   Clear Water Road
Hershey, PA 17033
Harrisburg Humane Society (717)   564-3320 7790   Grayson Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Hornung's Ace Hardware (717)   545-1222 6005   Bluebird Ave.
Linglestown, PA 17112
Hornung's True Val. (Dauphin) (717)   921-3551 1000   Peter's Mtn. Road
Dauphin, PA 17018
Hornung's True Val. (Halifax) (717)   896-2272 3811   Peter's Mtn. Road
Halifax, PA 17018
Hornung's True Val. (Paxtang) (717)   558-9935 509 S 29th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
Kratzers Hardware (717)   362-8326 416   West Main Street
Elizabethville, PA 17023
Lower Swatara Township (717)   939-9377 1499   Spring Garden Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057
Williamstown Borough (717)   647-4848 200   S. West St.
Williamstown, PA 17098
Zoomania (717)   695-7396 4600   Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109