COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Dog owners in Franklin County now have until March to purchase a 2022 dog license, Auditor Michael Stinziano shared Wednesday.
This is the third consecutive year that the dog license renewal season deadline has been extended two months through March 31. The move is an effort to increase the level of licensing in the county.
The temporary extension comes after Franklin County Commissioners approved a resolution making the change last year. The normal deadline to license a dog without penalty is January 31.
“This deadline extension makes it easier than ever for Franklin County dog owners to license their dogs,” Stinziano said. “Licensing your dog is not only the law but is responsible pet care.”
In addition to being required by state law, dog licensing ensures that a dog has been vaccinated against rabies, which is required in Franklin County. Additionally, it ensures that any lost dog is returned to its owner. License fees help support the Franklin County Dog Shelter.
One-year, three-year, and permanent dog licenses can be purchased without penalty through March 31. Licenses can always be purchased online at doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov, or at the Auditor’s office license counter, 373 S. High St., 21st Floor in downtown Columbus. The counter is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.
Owners can also change addresses, download forms, and update dog information via the online licensing system.