Dog license sales start Friday


Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich has announced that beginning Friday, applications for 2024 dog registrations may be filed.

Ohio law provides that before Jan. 31 of each year all owners of dogs 3 months of age or older shall be registered in the county in which the dog is kept. The information necessary for registration is age, sex, spayed or neutered, color, length of hair, breed, name of dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner.

A registration fee of $14 must be paid with the application for each dog registered in order to be in compliance with section 955.01 of the O.R.C. As a convenience, the auditor’s office mails renewal registration forms to owners of record. Owners who registered in 2023 through the internet will receive a reminder email.

Dogs may be registered for a one-year term, three-year term, or a permanent license (for the dog’s life). When completing the application, choose your “Term” (one year, three year, or permanent).

Fees are: One year license, $14; three year license, $42; and permanent license, $140. No refunds permitted.

Every owner of a kennel of dogs is also required to register annually with the county auditor by Jan. 31 and must pay an application fee of $70. Ohio law provides that the penalty after Jan. 31 is the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license; therefore, the penalty would be $14 for regular licenses and $70 for kennel licenses in addition to the regular registration fee.

Persons acquiring dogs after Jan. 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date that the dog reaches 3 months of age to register with the auditor’s office.

The preferred method of renewal is by mail or online.

When mailing the application, include the license fee, dog information (as stated above), and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license. Mail applications to: Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor, One Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 368, Bowling Green, OH 43402

If necessary, licenses can be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s Office, second floor of the county office building between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter. Internet applications can be made at and require an additional $2.15 processing fee per license which goes to the online firm processing the credit card purchase. Do not send cash with a mail-in application.

For more information regarding a dog license, contact 419-354-9150.

The Wood County District Board of Health has adopted a regulation requiring that all dogs be immunized against rabies.

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