Dog License (required annually)

Pennsylvania State Law mandates that all dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed. Dog licenses must be purchased by January 1st of each year REGARDLESS of when the license was purchased the previous year. State Dog Wardens may issue fines up to $300/per dog for violation of this law plus court cost.

In addition, owners of dogs and cats 3 months of age or older are required to have a current rabies vaccination. State Dog Wardens perform license and rabies compliance checks throughout the Commonwealth, and it is illegal to interfere with an officer or employee of the PA Department of Agriculture engaged in enforcement of these laws.

Protect Your Dog, Buy A License, It Is the Law!

Obtaining a license

  • Online, go to:
  • By mail, download an application (click here) and mail to:
    Lancaster County Treasurer
    P.O. Box 1447
    Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Click here for more information on obtaining a PA Dog License. 

If you have any questions regarding dog licenses, contact:

Lancaster County Treasurer
150 N. Queen St., Suite 122
Lancaster, PA 17608
(717) 299-8222

Lancaster County Dog Warden:

Travis Hess
(717) 805-3442

PA State Dog Warden Supervisor for Lancaster County:

Megan Horst
(717) 418-0284

PA Dog Law Enforcement Office
(717) 787-3062