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Get Your Dog a License or Risk a $300 Fine

Dogs 3 months of age and older are required to have a license in Pennsylvania.

With family gatherings, holiday celebrations and New Year's resolutions to tackle, one minor task can easily be forgotten among all of the hubbub: renewing dog licenses.

But forgetting that minor task could cost you. The maximum fine for having an unlicensed dog in Pennsylvania is $300, and all dogs 3 months and older must have a license in the Keystone State.

When purchasing a license, the following information is required, according to the Northampton County Treasurer's Office:

  • The owner's name, address and telephone number
  • The dog's name, age, breed, sex and color
  • Proof of age for senior citizens (65+)
  • Proof of neutering/spaying from a veterinarian's office, which lowers the license fee

In Northampton County, fees for 2012 -- which remain the same after a price incease on Dec. 1, 2010 -- are as follows for regular dog licenses:

  • $8.45 for male or female dogs
  • $6.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs
  • $6.45 for male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)
  • $4.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)

2012 fees for lifetime licenses, which are ONLY sold at the Northampton County Treasurer's Office, are as follows (tattoos or microchips required):

  • $51.45 for male or female dogs
  • $31.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs
  • $31.45 for male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)
  • $21.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)

Dog licenses can be purchased at the following Northampton County locations:

Northampton County Government Center
Revenue Office - Room 302
669 Washington St.
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 559-3102
License applications can also be filled out and mailed in.


328 East Lawn Road
Nazareth, PA 18064
(610) 759-2905

AVH Veterinary Group
1027 Blue Valley Drive
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
(610) 863-7111

Affordable Pet Center
2022 Main St., Lower Level
Northampton, PA 18067
(610) 440-0245


1059 S. 25th St.
Easton, PA 18045
(610) 252-1266

The Center for Animal Health & Welfare
1165 Island Park Road
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 252-7722


736 Linden St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 866-1172


38 Main St.
Hellertown, PA 18055
(610) 838-7000

Mallory Vough January 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
You are correct, that Superpetz is now gone. The new Petco does not sell dog licenses. The story has been updated. Thanks!
tracey January 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
where can you get a license in lehigh county? this article only lists info for northampton...
Rose Strong January 10, 2012 at 01:39 PM
You should be able to call your local municipality/township/borough office and find out about dog licenses since they are 'state' managed, most government offices should have info. Also, you can check with your veterinarian and local police station. No matter where in the state you live, you should be able to contact these places.
Mallory Vough January 10, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Here is the story on the Lehigh County dog licenses: http://emmaus.patch.com/articles/get-your-dog-a-license-or-risk-a-300-fine We have a few Patches in Lehigh County where you can find this information, including Emmaus, South Whitehall, Salisbury, Upper Saucon, Lower Macungie and Upper Macungie.
kim February 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Call your state representatives and ask them to OUTLAW DOG LICENSES. Florida for example does not require a dog license. A dog license is mearly an addtional tax. We are perfectly capable pf buying an I.D. tage for our dogs. We don't need Big Brother to do it for us.

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