Pet microchipping & registration


are small electronic radio transponders implanted beneath the skin between the shoulders of your cat or dog. A vet or person who has completed the relevant qualification (an animal welfare organisation employee, a vet nurse, a pet grooming business operator, an employee of a pet shop or a breeder) who are referred to as "Authorised Identifiers" can implant the microchip.

In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first otherwise penalties apply.


All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age otherwise penalties will apply. In NSW the registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers your cat or dog for its lifetime, regardless of any changes in ownership. Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs.

Once your cat or dog is microchipped (and where possible desexed) visit your nearest council office to register your pet. To find out how to register your cat or dog and how much it costs please refer to the related information below:

Visit the NSW Office of Local Government for more information on Responsible Pet ownership and related items including the NSW Pet Registry.

Related information

Exempt cats and dogs
How do I register my cat or dog?

How much does registration cost?
Microchip and registration
NSW Office of Local Government
NSW Pet Registry