Microchipping and Registering Your Pet

It’s a requirement in NSW for all cats and dogs to be microchipped and placed on the NSW Pet Registry by the time they reach 12 weeks of age, or prior to sale, whichever comes first. More than 150,000 dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year in NSW. Many are impounded when their owners cannot be contacted, some may end up rehomed or even euthanased.


Microchipping and registration is a two-step process:

  1. Permanent identification through microchipping
    Under the Companion Animals Act, cats and dogs throughout NSW must be identified (by microchipping) by the time the animal is 12 weeks old. Once the animal is microchipped, these identification details are entered into the NSW Companion Animal Register. A certificate is then issued to the owner with the identification details.

    The permanent identification (microchipping) and lifetime registration scheme greatly assists authorities in returning lost or injured animals to their owners.

    Once microchipped and registered, your pet is protected for life.

  2. Pet Registration
    To register your pet, you will need:
    • The Lifetime Registration R2 form 
    • A certificate of microchipping or letter from your vet
    • Proof of desexing from your vet or a statutory declaration
    • Any documents which entitle you to a discount (for example pension card)
    • Payment can be made at Council either by cheque, money order, EFTPOS, VISA or cash


You must notify Council if any of the following circumstances occur:

Change of details

As a pet owner, you have a responsibility to ensure that the information on the NSW Companion Animals Register is up to date and correct. You can correct or update the information on your animal's certificate by contacting any Council. You may need to provide your request in writing before Council can amend your record.

There is no charge for the changing owner/details on the register. Council will provide you with a new certificate once the changes have been processed.


You can also update your pet’s microchip details on the NSW Pet Registry website. By creating a profile on the NSW Pet Registry, you will be able to:

  • Update your contact details such as a change of address
  • Transfer ownership of your pet
  • Report your pet as missing or deceased
  • Pay most lifetime registration fees online.

You will need to have your driver’s licence, passport or Medicare card handy to create your Pet Registry account. Your pet’s record must already exist before you can ‘claim’ it on the pet registry website. Lifetime registration can be made at any Council, the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League.


All NSW Councils are connected to the state-wide register. You may register your animal by downloading and completing the form and along with supporting documentation visit and pay Council.

The cost of registering your pet may vary depending on your circumstances please ask Council for current pricing.