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If you own a pet, there are two steps involved in registering your pet. The first is having your animal microchipped, the second is registering your pet with Council. Both processes are a legal requirement, they are also helpful if your pet goes missing. 

Step 1 - Microchip Your Pet

Microchipping your pet is a legal requirement. Your vet should microchip your pet when it is 12 weeks old. As part of the process, your vet will complete a Permanent Identification Form - P1A and send it to the NSW Companion Animals Register.

You’ll be sent a Certificate of Identification and a Lifetime Registration form. 

Step 2 -Register Your Pet

Registering your pet is also a legal requirement. All dogs must be registered before they are 6 months old and all cats must be registered before they are 4 months old. 

Take your Certificate of Identification and your Lifetime Registration Form - P2 and lodge these documents with Council. If you take your animal’s desexing certificate or pensioner card you’ll receive a discount. 

NSW Pet Registry

The NSW Pet Registry is a public portal to the online database (Companion Animals Register) of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW.

Pet owners and breeders can create an online owner profile, update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online.

Change of Address or Owner

If you move or change phone numbers you’ll need to complete a Change of Details Form - C3A so that your pet’s registration details are updated. 

If you rehome a pet, it is the responsibility of the original owner to have it signed by both parties.

Please complete and lodge this form within 14 days of the change. You can post, fax or take the form into Council.

More information

The Office of Local Government website has more information regarding responsible pet ownsertship and the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.

The NSW Pet Registry site has lots of information including a Pet Owner & Breeder User Guide and FAQs document

Last updated : Wed 25 Oct 2017