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.
There are two options:
- Council Animal Services - refer to our fees and charges list
- Your vet – if you choose this option you will 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
If you do not microchip your dog, you may:
- receive a warning
- receive a fine of $300
- have your dog seized
- be prosecuted.
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