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Dog Licensing
Licensing your dog is a part of our state law. The law requires that you purchase a license when your dog reaches three months of age. Licensing also provides a means of reuniting lost pets with their owners. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about dog licensing.
Dog Tag Application

When?
- Regular sale dates for Renewal Licenses are December 1st to January 31st.
IF PAID AFTER JANUARY 31ST, THERE IS A PENALTY EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT OF THE TAG PURCHASE PRICE.
- New Licenses can be obtained any time of year. After obtaining a new dog, you have 30 days to purchase a tag without paying a penalty and in order to avoid possible Municipal Court non-licensure fines.
- Three Year and Permanent Tags are only sold in the Auditor's Office from December 1st to January 31st.

Cost?
A dog license can be purchased for the duration of 1 or 3 years or for the entire life of the dog.
A kennel license (good for 1 year) can also be purchased. In order to purchase the kennel license, you must be engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale in order to qualify for this type of license.
CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE
Duration of license Cost - Before Jan 31st Cost - After Jan 31st
1 year license $17.00 $34.00
3 year license $45.00  
Permanent license, does not expire $150.00  
1 year kennel license for 5 dogs
 
$85.00
Every additional dog costs $1.00
$170.00
Every additional dog costs $1.00

IF THE RENEWAL IS PAID AFTER JANUARY 31ST, THERE IS A PENALTY EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT OF THE TAG PURCHASE PRICE

Where?
You can purchase both New and Renewal Licenses at the following locations:
- Monday through Friday at the Van Wert County Auditor's Office in the Courthouse
- By mail using the Dog Tag Application form
- From February 1st to November 30th at the Van Wert County Sheriff Dept.
- From December 1st to January 31st at several Additional Locations (see table below)

You can also purchase Renewal Licenses by using the Online Dog Registration:
Online Dog Licensing

CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE OR BY MAIL.

Additional Sales Locations:
With the exception of the Sheriff Dept. (see table), dog tags are sold at additional locations between December 1st and January 31st only. These locations will not sell dog tags thereafter.
Name & Address Phone
Van Wert County Sheriff Dept.
113 N. Market St.
Van Wert, OH-45891
(419) 238 3866
From February 1st to November 30th
Hall Lumber Co.
122 S. Main St
Convoy, OH-45832
(419) 749 2119
Ohio City Express
511 W. Carmean St.
Ohio City, OH-45874
(419) 965 9292
Ramblers Roost
18191A Lincoln Highway
Middle Point, OH-45863
(419) 968 2118
Van Wert Veterinary Clinic (Dr. Tapp)
11251 Van Wert Decatur Rd
Van Wert, OH-45891
(419) 238 2434
Animal Clinic (Dr. Wilken)
13995 Lincoln Hwy
Van Wert, OH-45891
(419) 238 3931
Emme Lu's Pet Wellness Center
7079 US Route 127
Van Wert, OH-45891
(419) 232 2101
Dog House Grooming & Supplies
117 N. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH-45891
(419) 232 3647
J&A Merchandising
200 Walcott St.
Willshire, OH-45898
(419) 236 0704