Microchipping your dog

Microchipping your dog makes sure you can get your dog back quickly if they go missing. Microchipping is a legal requirement for all dogs within New Zealand born after 2006.

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 and our opening ours below
  • Your vet – if you choose this option you will need to provide us with a copy of the microchipping certificate.
  • SPCA

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

If your dog is born before 1 July 2006 it doesn't need to be microchipped.

To get an exemption, fill out our online form:
Microchip exemption declaration form

  • ring your vet
  • check your vaccine booklet
  • go to your vet or Animal Services to have your dog scanned for a microchip.

If you do not microchip your dog, you may:

  • receive a warning
  • receive a fine of $300
  • have your dog seized at your expense, and microchipped before being released.

Contact details

Animal Service Centre - Seaview
21 Meachen Street

Telephone: 04 570 6666

Opening hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: Closed