Dogs Must Have 2020 Tags By January 1

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It’s that time of year when local pet owners need to think about getting their dog licensed for another year. It must be done by Jan. 1st 2020

County residents have three choices when getting a dog license in Franklin County.

  • Apply in person at the Franklin County Courthouse.
  • Download and print out an application and mail it to the Franklin County Treasurers Office.
  • The easiest way is to buy your dog’s license online.

Pennsylvania officials have one word of warning about the easiest process. Online applications save time and gas money, but residents could get scammed if they aren’t careful.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has identified two websites, and, that are sell Counterfeit Pennsylvania Dog Licenses.

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Getting a License in Franklin County

Franklin County’s website has the following information about getting your dog license online:

Visit http://www.padoglicense.comthe only website authorized by Franklin County Government to sell dog licenses online, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Online applications require the use of a credit card and there is a $2 convenience fee for each license purchased.

Pennsylvania state law requires any dog three (3) months of age or older to have a current dog license. Dog licenses are valid from January 1st to December 31st of the current year, even if purchased late in the year.

Franklin County’s State Dog Law Enforcement Officer is Georgia Martin – (717) 762-9794

Apply in Person

Franklin County Treasurer

Franklin County Treasurer’s Office

157 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, Pa 17201

(717) 261-3120

Applying for a Dog License

  • Download a fillable dog license application
  • Print and complete all sections of the application. You will need one application per dog.  Please make sure you sign each application.
  • Mail the completed application along with your check/money order to the Franklin County Treasurer’s office.

Applying for a Lifetime Dog License

  • Your dog must have a microchip implanted or tattoo before it can be licensed with a lifetime tag.  
  • The tattoo number is assigned by the Treasurer’s Office and must be paid for prior to having the dog tattooed.
  • Obtain the following two forms from your Veterinary Office or the County Treasurer’s Office: Lifetime Dog License Application and Permanent ID Verification Form.
  • Complete all sections of the application and verification form for each dog to be licensed.  
  • Make sure you sign each form and obtain the signature of the person implanting, scanning microchip, or tattooing
  • Mail the completed applications along with your check/money order to the Franklin County Treasurer’s office.

Visit the PA Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement for more information.

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