Pet microchipping and registration


Microchipping is compulsory in NSW. All cats and dogs are required to be microchipped prior to being registered.

  • Animals are to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, at a point of sale or change of ownership (whichever occurs first).
  • Microchipping is carried out by a vet and is painless. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is usually implanted between the shoulders of the animal.
  • Microchipping enables vets and other animal workers to reunite pets with their owners. The microchip can be scanned to reveal all of the owners information supplied at the time of microchipping.
  • If you change any of your details, it is important that you advise Council so amendments can be made to your pets microchipping details.


It is important you keep the registration details up to date should you move house, change contact details, sell or give away your pet.

It is recommended you create an owner profile with the NSW Pet Registry. The register allows you to:

  • update your contact details
  • report your pet missing
  • change the ownership of pets online




Step 1.Microchip your pet at your vet

Step 2.Register your pet

Register online through NSW Pet Registry


In Person

Visit our Customer Service Centre at 33 Hyde Street Bellingen NSW 2454


Call our Customer Service Centre during business hours on 02 6655 7300

No. In NSW, registration is required once only and is valid for the animal's lifetime. As a result, it is not possible to obtain a refund if, for example, you have your animal desexed or your animal dies after you register it.

Cat and dog lifetime registration fees increase annually from 1 July in line with the Consumer Price Index as recommended by the Companion Animals Taskforce.