Dog License

Effective February 1, 2024 there is no longer a discount for Neutered/Spayed dogs.

All applications must be received and processed prior to close of business on January 31, 2024 to receive the Neutered/Spayed discount.  Any application received on or after February 1, 2024, regardless of postmark, will be subject to the new fees.  

Thank 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.

NOTE: Harrisburg City residents must apply for license with the City Treasurer (717-255-3046).


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: 

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, including 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 lost 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. 



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.


Agway/Hanoverdale Country Store
(717) 566-2569
486 Hershey Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112

Animal Instincts Pet Salon
(717)   944-9759
Harrisburg, PA 17112
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

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

(717) 695-7396
4600 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109