Microchipping your dog

Microchipping your dog makes sure you can get your dog back quickly if they go missing.


How microchipping works

Dog registration and microchipping are not the same thing. You must register your dog each year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.

Microchipping is a simple procedure. A microchip is a tiny chip with a unique ID number that is inserted into your dog’s neck. It only takes seconds to insert. The chip can then be scanned at vet clinics and animal shelters to identify your dog.

All new puppies and any dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time must  be microchipped within two months of being registered.

Animal Services offer microchipping for $40. To get your dog microchipped, you can bring your dog to any Animal Services Centre.

You can get your vet to microchip your dog. If you do this, you'll need to provide us with a copy of the microchipping certificate.

You do not have to microchip your dog if was born born before 1 July 2006 unless it is classified as a dangerous or menacing dog.

Dogs used for herding and driving stock don't need to be microchipped.

To get an exemption, fill out our online form

Microchip exemption declaration form

If you do not microchip your dog, you may:

  • receive a warning
  • receive a fine of $300
  • have your dog seized
  • be prosecuted.

Contact details

21 Meachen Street, Seaview

Telephone: 04 570 6666 anytime
Email: contact@huttcity.govt.nz

Opening hours (by appointment only):

  • Monday - Friday: 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday: 12-1pm
  • Closed Sundays and public holidays

73 Moa Point Road, Wellington

Telephone: 04 499 4444 (including after hours)
Email: dogs@wcc.govt.nz

Opening hours (by appointment only):

  • Monday - Friday: 3pm-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-11am
  • Closed Sundays and public holidays.