Pet Registration & Microchipping

1. Overview

If you own a pet, there are two steps involved to register them. The first step is having your animal microchipped, the second step is registering your pet with the NSW Companion Animals register. 

These two steps are a legal requirement and can help to reunite you if your pet is missing. 

2. Microchip your pet 

A vet or accredited implanter should microchip your pet and complete a Permanent Identification form as part of the process when your pet is 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.

The microchip has your pets identifying number on it that links your pet with you. This gives lost, injured or stolen pets the best chance of being reunited with their owner.

Microchipping is a legal requirement, go to Office of Local Government to find out what’s required.

3. Register your pet

Registering your pet is also a legal requirement, go to Office of Local Government to find out what’s required.

Pet owners seeking to register assistance animals, working dogs or dogs kept for breeding purposes will still need to carry out registration at a local council. Some eligible pensioners will also need to be assessed for eligibility by their local council. If this applies to you contact Council.

4. Change of address or owner

You must keep your pet’s details current. You should update details:

  • If you change your address or personal contact details
  • If you sell or give away your pet, you must notify NSW Pet Registry or Council within 14 days
  • If your pet passes away, you must notify NSW Pet Registry or Council within 28 days

To update your, or your pet’s details, go to petregistry.nsw.gov.au

Changes of pet ownership are the responsibility of the previous owner.


Last updated on 10 July 2020