PA Dog Licence Requirements


What are the PA Laws?

All dogs three months or older my be licensed by January 1 of each year.  Licenses go on sale December 1 for the upcoming year.

An annual license is $8.45 and a lifetime license is $51.45.  If the dog is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.45 and a lifetime is $31.45.  Prior to obtaining a lifetime license, a dog must have a microchip or tattoo.  Discount licenses are available to older dogs and people with disabilities.

All dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies.  Booster vaccinations must be administered to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Licenses may be purchased through your local county treasurer.

 For the full Dog Licensing Fact Sheet, click here.

General Dog Law Information:

The Dog Law Enforcement Office is responsible for ensuring the welfare of all dogs and puppies in kennels, regulating activities pertaining to dogs that are classified as dangerous, and oversees annual licensure and rabies vaccinations for dogs.

Complaints or tips can be submitted to the Dog Law Enforcement Office online at or by contacting your local dog warden.

Download:  Dog license application