Pets depend on their owners to keep them and the community safe by being responsible.
Find out more about responsible pet ownership.
The Office of Local Government advises that under the Companion Animals Act 1998 No 87, Part 2 Compulsory identification and registration of companion animals, Section 8 & 9, it is compulsory that cats and dogs are:
- Microchipped by twelve (12) weeks of age or at point of sale/giveaway and
- Lifetime Registered by six (6) months of age
Certificate of Identification - When a pet is Microchipped, a Certificate of Identification is issued to the owner once the details have been entered into the NSW Pet Register.
Certificate of Registration - When the Lifetime payment has been made, a Certificate of Registration is issued to the owner once the payment details have been processed.
Creating a NSW Pet Registry account enables you to check your registration status, update your details including to transfer the animal to a new owner, use the Lost and Found functions and complete a Buyer Search if you are looking to purchase a pet.
Benefits of registration
Registering your pet clearly identifies the animal as yours. If your pet becomes lost, we will be able to notify you of your animal's whereabouts if it is found.
Registration fees are used to provide services such as:
- Public education about responsible pet ownership
- Maintenance of leash free areas
- Community microchipping days
Four steps to Lifetime Registration
Register your pet for life, it’s easy, cost effective and the best way to keep your pet safe, for always. Here's how:
- Microchip your pet
- Keep your details up to date
- Desex your pet
- Register your pet online through: