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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Love Your Dog? License Your Dog

An annual dog license is $8.50, or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and people with disabilities may be eligible for discounts. In Chester County, licenses can be obtained by contacting Ann Duke, Chester County Treasurer, at 610-344-6370. 

The dog license application is simple. It only requests owner contact information, and details about the dog being licensed, like name, age, breed and color.


Reasons to license your dog annually:

  • It’s the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
  • If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely.
  • The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog, plus court costs.
  • License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations.AltText

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