Love your dog? License your dog. It’s the law.

What are the laws?

  • Cumberland County requires that all dogs, three months or older, be licensed by January 1 of each year.
  • Cumberland County requires that all dogs and non-feral cats, three months of age or older, be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.
Cumberland County Dog License

What is the cost?

  • Annual dog license fees set by the County are $8.50 for a productive dog, and $6.50 if neutered or spayed. Individuals who are 65 and older, or have certain disabilities, are offered a discounted rate. The cost is $6.50 if productive and $4.50 if neutered or spayed. Annual dog licenses expire on December 31st.
  • Lifetime dog license fees set by the County are $51.50 for a productive dog or $31.50 if the dog is neutered or spayed. Discounted lifetime licenses are available to dog owners 65 and older or dog owners with certain disabilities. The discounted cost is $31.50 for productive dogs and $21.50 if neutered or spayed.

Where do I register?

Why get your dog licensed?

  • If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way for it to be reunited with you.
  • Licensing reduces the number of dogs in shelters, thereby creating space for truly homeless pets and reducing euthanization rates.
  • A dog without a current license can be transported to shelters far from their homes, and eventually adopted out if no owner is identified.
  • A dog license helps to control the stray dog population.
  • Violators will be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Where does the money from purchased licenses go?

Revenue from the sale of dog licenses funds the work of dog wardens protecting all dogs and puppies in kennels, shutting down bad actors and puppy mills, keeps dangerous dogs monitored and off the street, and our communities safe.

Allows dog wardens to:

  • Inspect more than 2,500 state-licensed kennels, a minimum of twice annually
  • Investigate and prosecute illegal kennel operations “puppy mills”
  • Control the spread of infectious and contagious diseases
  • Track and monitor more than 600 dangerous dogs
  • Pick up stray or abandoned dogs
  • Reimburse shelters for holding stray dogs
  • Reimburse farmers for damages to livestock caused by dogs or coyotes

General Dog Law Information

  • The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs and puppies in kennels, regulating activities pertaining to dogs that are classified as dangerous, and oversees annual licensure and rabies vaccinations for dogs.
  • Complaints or tips can be submitted to the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement online at or by contacting your local dog warden.