Firstly, licensing is a requirement of State Law.  Secondly, the license attached to your dog's collar will identify you as the owner should the dog be lost.  If your dog, with their license attached, is found running at large by the Brown County Warden, you will be contacted by phone to let you know that the dog has been impounded and where you can retrieve them.

With a license, your dog can be kept for up to 14 days.  Without a license, your dog can be held for no more than 3 days according to Ohio State Law.  


All dogs over three (3) months of age must be licensed each year by January 31st.  If you bring your dog into Ohio after that date, you are required to purchase the license within 30 days.


Dog tags can always be purchased at the Brown County Auditor's Office.  Other locations are available throughout the county.  The following is a list of all current locations: 

Georgetown  * Brown County Auditor (800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, OH 45121) 937.378.6398
* Brown County Animal Shelter (100 Veterans Way, Georgetown, OH 45121) 937.378.3457
Mt. Orab Orscheln Farm & Home (206 Sterling Run Blvd., Mt. Orab, OH 45154) 937.444.0087
Ripley Ripley Builder Supply (116 Main St., Ripley, OH 45167) 937.392.1371
Sardinia Village of Sardinia (151 Maple Ave., Sardinia, OH 45171) 937.446.3807

* Denotes Year Round Locations

Note, tags purchased at satellite locations have a .75¢ handling fee added per Ohio Law. 

How Much?

During December through January you may purchase a 1-year tag for $14.00, a 3-year tag for $42.00 or a lifetime tag for $140.00.  The 3 year and lifetime tags may only be purchased at the Auditor’s office or online here.  After January 31st of any given year, the tag(s) will have a penalty of $14.00 added to each.  The Ohio Revised Code requires this penalty be added as of February 1st of any year.

After January 31st, the fees will include a penalty unless a dog is newly acquired.

Please reach out to the Brown County. Auditor's office for further information. 

Important Dates

December 1st - Dog Tag Applications go on sale for the next year

Purchase Dog Tags


Dog Warden

Brown County Animal Shelter