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
If you do not microchip your dog, you may:
- receive a warning
- receive a fine of $300
- have your dog seized
- be prosecuted.
For more information
Department of Internal Affairs Dog Control
21 Meachen Street, Seaview
Telephone: 04 570 6666 anytime
Opening hours (by appointment only):
- Monday - Friday: 2pm-4pm
- Saturday: 12-1pm
- Closed Sundays and public holidays