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Microchipping & Registration

MICROCHIPPING

A microchip is a subcutaneous full duplex electronic radio transponder. Modern microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted beneath the animal's skin between the shoulders. No personal information is stored on the microchip, only the unique identification number ... read more about microchips ...

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.

If you fail to have your cat or dog microchipped when required to do so, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for $165 or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $880. Where your dog is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous dog you may by issued with a fixed penalty notice for $1,320 or a court may award a maximum penalty of $5,500.

REGISTRATION

All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. You are encouraged to have your cat or dog desexed before registering it.

Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs. Having your cat or dog desexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting and aggression and antisocial behaviour, such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year.

Registration fees are used by councils for providing animal management related services to the community. These may include ranger services, pound facilities, dog refuse bins, educational and other companion animal-related activities.

If you fail to register your cat or dog when required to do so you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of $275, or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $5500 or up to $6,500 if your dog is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog.

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What you should do if your dog or cat's microchip number is not listed on the NSW Companion Animal Register.

How you register your dog or cat.

How much it will cost to register your dog or cat.

Exemptions from the microchipping and lifetime-registration requirement for cats and dogs in NSW.

Whether you need to microchip and register your dog or cat if you are moving from another state/territory to NSW.

Whether you need to microchip and register your dog or cat if you are moving to Australia and will be living in NSW.

 

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