Prescribed identifying information

Authorised implanters must obtain the following prescribed identifying information from animal owners and supply this information to a licensed registry within 2 days of implanting a microchip into a cat, dog or horse.

Information about the cat, dog or horse:

  • address at which animal is kept
  • colour of the animal
  • date of birth or age
  • sex
  • if a dog, whether it is a declared dog (dangerous, restricted breed or menacing)
  • municipality where animal is kept
  • species and breed
  • reproductive status (desexed, entire)
  • unique identification number of any other device implanted into the animal
  • unique identification number of device implanted
  • the source number of the breeder of any dog or cat born after 1 July 2020 or, if the breeder of the dog or cat cannot be identified, the source number of the Council pound, animal shelter, pet shop, foster carer, community foster care network or person that owns the dog or cat.

Information about the owner:

  • the owner's title, given names and surname
  • residential address
  • postal address (if different)
  • telephone number
  • name and telephone number of a secondary contact person (other than owner).

Information about the implanter

  • business address
  • date the microchip was implanted
  • name of implanter.

The animal owner must sign a declaration that they are the owner of the animal being implanted or acting as the agent for the owner.

Authorised implanters must check the registry application forms to ensure all prescribed identifying information is contained on the form, including the declaration of the owner that all the information is true and correct and that they are the legal owner of the animal.

If not included on the registry form, the implanter must add any missing information onto the form before sending it to the registry and after should contact the registry to advise them of the need to update their forms to comply with the legislation.

The list of prescribed identifying information can be found in regulation 12 of the Domestic Animals Regulations 2015.

Page last updated: 29 Aug 2023