HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Dog licenses for next year are now available from treasurers' offices in Pennsylvania counties.

The Department of Agriculture said Monday the tags are required as of Jan. 1 for dogs that are at least 3-months-old.

"Dog ownership comes with a lot of responsibilities, and licensing your dog is on the top of the list," said Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig. "Buying a dog license is easy and affordable, and dog owners can purchase a license at their local county treasurer’s office, through agents and online."

Annual licenses cost $8.45, with a $2 discount for dogs that are spayed or neutered.

Lifetime licenses are also available for dogs that carry identifying microchips or tattoos.

License applications require owner contact details and information about the dogs' name, age, breed and color.