Dog licence Do you have a dog? If so, you need a licence. Buy one at any of our post offices nationwide or online at licences.ie How does it work? Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, which was amended in 1992, all dog owners are required to have a dog licence. Step by step What type of licence do you need? Individual dog licence – covers one dog for a period of 12 months General dog licence – for owners of kennels for a period of 12 months Lifetime of the dog licence – for the lifetime of the dog for which the licence is issued Most people will need the individual licence. You have to be over 16 years of age to hold a dog licence. Where do I get a dog licence? Individual and lifetime dog licences at your local post office or online at licences.ie General licences from your local authority Dogs which do not require a licence Guide dogs for the blind Dogs which are in the country for less than 30 days How much does it cost? Dog licence fee table Licence Type Licence Fee Individual €20.00 General €400.00 Lifetime €140.00 Special rules for some dogs The breed of dog is not considered important, but some breeds have specific regulations covering issues such as leashing and muzzling in public places. If you are getting a rescue dog from an animal shelter or charity, you will usually need to have the licence in advance. What next? You must retain your licence for inspection. Your journey will continue with An Post Insurance. Please wait... One Direct (Ireland) Limited, trading as An Post Insurance, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. One Direct (Ireland) Limited, trading as An Post Insurance, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Pet Insurance Great value Pet insurance from An Post Insurance that's worthy of your best friend Find out more Acceptance criteria, terms & conditions apply. One Direct(Ireland)Limited, trading as An Post Insurance, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. One Direct (Ireland) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of An Post. An Post Insurance Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by Blue Insurance Limited and underwritten by H.W. Kaufman Group Europe BV, trading as Cranbrook, on behalf of the insurer, Sava Insurance Company.