Auditor Stinziano Announces Request for Dog License Deadline Extension

Franklin County OH Auditor

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Contact: Monica Moran, 614.378.2879

Auditor Stinziano Requests Dog License Renewal Deadline Extension  

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano announced Tuesday that he is requesting an extension to the dog license renewal deadline through June in order to accommodate residents who have been affected by the closure of public counters due to the ongoing public health emergency. The extension, which will be considered by county commissioners March 31, would move the deadline to June 30, 2020.

“The Auditor’s office wants to ensure that no resident is paying a penalty fee as a result of the current public health emergency,” Stinziano said.  “Licensing your dog is responsible pet care, and I want to make dog licensing easy and accessible for all Franklin County residents while encouraging residents to stay healthy. ”

Earlier, in an effort to increase dog license rates after several years of decline, Stinziano worked with commissioners to extend the renewal deadline by two months, from Jan. 31 to March 31. The office also expanded the locations where owners can purchase licenses, including at mobile events and Board of Revision informational meetings that were held throughout the county. 

That extension and expansion of locations worked, as the Auditor’s office has licensed 10,500 more dogs during the extension period, and sold more three year and permanent licenses since 2014.

In addition to being required by state law, dog licensing ensures that any lost dog is returned quickly to their owners. 

Though Auditor’s office public counters remain closed to keep both staff and customers safe and healthy, dog licenses can always be purchased online at