Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains frequently asked questions from our residents. Please click the section or question to read detailed information. If you have further questions please use our contact form to contact county officials.

FAQ Sections:

Common Questions

Does my dog need to be licensed?
Yes, all dogs in Clark County are required by law to be licensed. Visit our Why Register page for further details.
What are my options for purchasing a license?
Clark County allows residents to purchase licenses Online, In-Person and at local vendors click here for list of locations
How often do I need to purchase a license?
Dog licenses must be renewed each year from December 1 to January 31. Licenses not purchased during this period are subject to a late registration fee.
How much does a license cost?
Standard – Dec 1 to Jan 31

Dogs- You can chose from 3 different Dog licenses.  Regular 1 Year liccenses are $20.00, 3 Year licenses are $60.00 and Permanent Licenses are $200.00 during the standard registration period. Dog licenses purchased online are subject to a $2.00 convenience fee. All tags are non-tranferrable between dogs.

Kennel Renewals- Kennel renewal licenses are $100.00 during the standard registration period. Kennel licenses purchased online are subject to a $5.00 convenience fee.

Late Registration – After Jan 31

Dogs- Dog licenses are $40.00 during the late registration period. Only the Regular 1 Year Dog licenses can be after January 31st. Dog licenses purchased online are subject to a $4.00 convenience fee.

Kennel Renewals- Kennel renewal licenses are $200.00 during the late registration period. Kennel licenses purchased online are subject to a $10.00 convenience fee.

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Dog License Process (Fees, Process, Timing)

How often do I need to purchase a license?
Dog licenses must be renewed each year from December 1 to January 31. Licenses not purchased during this period are subject to a late registration fee.
How much does a license cost?
Standard – Dec 1 to Jan 31

Dogs- You can chose from 3 different Dog licenses.  Regular 1 Year liccenses are $20.00, 3 Year licenses are $60.00 and Permanent Licenses are $200.00 during the standard registration period. Dog licenses purchased online are subject to a $2.00 convenience fee. All tags are non-tranferrable between dogs.

Kennel Renewals- Kennel renewal licenses are $100.00 during the standard registration period. Kennel licenses purchased online are subject to a $5.00 convenience fee.

Late Registration – After Jan 31

Dogs- Dog licenses are $40.00 during the late registration period. Only the Regular 1 Year Dog licenses can be after January 31st. Dog licenses purchased online are subject to a $4.00 convenience fee.

Kennel Renewals- Kennel renewal licenses are $200.00 during the late registration period. Kennel licenses purchased online are subject to a $10.00 convenience fee.


When will I receive my license?
Dog licenses purchased online will be processed by the Clark County Auditors office in the order in which they are received, typically processing takes 10-15 days.
What address will be used for shipping my license?
Dog licenses will be shipped to the owner address specified during checkout.
What is a convenience fee? Why is this fee charged?
The online dog license vendor collects the convenience fee to cover expenses from credit card companies, system hosting and security.
Why do fees change after the standard period? How can I avoid these fees?
Ohio Law requires dogs to be licensed from December 1 to January 31 each year. After this period the law requires county Auditors to assess a late fee equal to the original license cost. There are no provisions in the law to waive this fee.
What happens if I move or transfer ownership of my dog?
Please see these questions in this section. License Transfer & Moving
I lost my license, what are my options?
If you lose your license you can contact the Clark County Auditors office to request a duplicate license. A $5.00 fee will apply.
What happens to my license fee, how is it used?
License fees are used to support the Clark County Humane Society and cover expenses related to generating and maintaining dog license information. These fees are often the only source of funding for the local shelter. Your local animal shelter provides a safe place for thousands of animals each year.
Where can I find Ohio Law for dog licenses?
Read Ohio Revised Code, Ch 955

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Lost and Found Dogs

I found a dog, what should I do?
If the dog you found has a license you can search our license directory here or contact the Clark County Dog Humane Society at 937-399-2917 ext. 14 or the Clark County Auditors office at 937-521-1864
My dog is missing or lost, what should I do?
Please contact the Clark County Humane Society at 937-399-2917 ext. 14

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License Transfer & Moving

I am moving, how do I get my records updated?
If you are moving within Clark County contact the Auditors office at 937-521-1864 and provide your new address to update your license information. If you are moving to another county your Clark County dog tag is still good in the new county. Please contact our office with your new address and phone number. You will need to renew your license in the new county.
My dog is going to a new owner can the license be transferred?
The ownership information for a currently licensed dog can be transferred for a $5.00 processing fee. Please contact the Clark County Auditors office at 937-521-1864 for instructions and required forms.
My dog passed away what should I do?
Please contact the Clark County Auditors office at 937-521-1864 to update your record. We are sorry for your loss.

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Purchasing Your License Online

How can I learn more about buying my license online?
Please visit our online help center.

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Your Security and Privacy

How do I know my information is safe?

The online dog licensing system provided by Dog Tag License, LLC is secured with bank grade 256-bit SSL encryption, when you enter your personal information you are on a secure encrypted page. You can confirm your page is secure by looking for 'https://clarkcounty.dogtaglicense.com' during checkout.

This system has also achieved PCI-DSS compliance (a set of credit card security requirements created by the major credit card companies). Read about PCI-DSS compliance.

How can I tell when I am on a secure page?
You can confirm your page is secure by looking for "https" in the address bar on your Internet browser. This application uses "https" connections during the checkout process.
What is SSL encryption and how does it keep my information safe?
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security protocol used by Web browsers and Web servers to help users protect their data during transfer. An SSL Certificate contains a public and private key pair as well as verified identification information. When a browser (or client) points to a secured domain, the server shares the public key with the client to establish an encryption method and a unique session key. The client confirms that it recognizes and trusts the issuer of the SSL Certificate. This process is known as the "SSL handshake" and it can begin a secure session that protects message privacy and message integrity. Read more about SSL encryption
Will you share my information?
Your information will not be shared with 3rd parties for solicitation or advertising. If you chose to be added to our mailing list you will receive periodic informational emails and can opt-out at any time.
Is my credit card information stored? Do county officials have access to my credit card details?
Your credit card information is never stored in our system. When you provide your credit card on the payment screen a secure encrypted message is sent to our payment provider (PayPal) for validation and authorization. If your payment is authorized an authorization code is returned by the payment gateway, this code is used to charge your card for the transaction.
I want to pay by credit card over the phone, is that possible?
Clark County does not accept payments on credit card by phone. To pay with a credit card use this secure website.

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