Many good reasons to get or renew dog licenses

BATAVIA, OH – If you love dogs, license yours. Dog license fees provide an important source of revenue for the Clermont County Animal Shelter.

Clermont County remains committed to staying a top-quality no-kill facility. Your license payment helps care for abandoned or injured dogs.

A lost dog can be more easily returned to its owner if it is tagged. If the dog is not tagged, it is brought to the county’s animal shelter where every effort is made to locate the owner. If the owner is not found, the dog is made available for adoption.

If you have found a lost dog, you can search using the dog tag number to locate the owner: With full access to HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, you may upload recent photos of your pet and include important information that will help identify and retrieve them if they become lost.

“Dec. 1-Jan. 31 is a great time to purchase a dog license,” said Tim Pappas, the county’s Chief Dog Warden. “The cost doubles after that.”

One-year dog licenses are $16, three-year dog licenses are $48, and permanent dog licenses are $160. Kennel licenses are $80, includes 5 tags ($1 for each additional tag and only available through the Auditor’s Office by mail or in-person).

Dog licenses can be purchased or renewed online at

Residents may also print a dog license application ( and mail it to the Clermont County Auditor’s Office with a check payable to the Clermont County Treasurer. Mail to Clermont County Auditor’s Office-Dog License, 101 E Main St Batavia, Ohio 45103.

Residents can purchase in person at:

• Clermont County Auditor’s Office, 101 E. Main St Batavia, OH 45103

• Clermont County Animal Shelter, 4025 Filager Rd, Batavia, OH 45103

All tags are mailed directly to you, whether purchased online or in-person.

Dog licenses expire annually on Dec. 31. Under Ohio law all dogs older than three months of age must be licensed (ORC 955.01).  All dogs kept, sheltered or owned must display a valid registration tag. The law applies regardless of whether the dog is kept inside or out.

The Clermont County Auditor’s Office has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced dog licensing experience for residents. A dog’s license now includes DocuPet’s free HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service and designer license tags with personalization options. Additionally, 20 percent of every designer tag purchase is donated to Clermont County Animal Shelter through DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund. In addition to your pet’s official Clermont County dog license, there are many benefits of your DocuPet online profile, including hundreds of unique and colorful designer tag styles to choose from or design your own tag style online.