Microchipping and registration



All dogs and cats in NSW must be microchipped by the age of 12 weeks.

Microchipping, and the updating of microchip information, can only be carried out by an authorised implanter (vet or accredited implanter with the State Government). The Clarence Valley Animal Shelter provides microchipping services at a cost of $46.15 for the first implant, and $30 thereafter.  

Once your pet is microchipped, you'll receive a Certificate of Identification and an application for Permanent Registration.


All dogs and cats must be registered with the NSW Pet Registry by the time they are 6 months old.

You can register your pet online at the NSW Pet Registry, through your MyService NSW account, or by visiting the council during office hours. 

To do this, you'll need: 

  • a Certificate of Identification with your pet's microchip number
  • an application for Permanent Registration
  • an Australian driver's license, passport or Medicare card
  • a valid bank card 

Registration fees will vary, but are a once-off payment providing you stay in NSW.

Concessions are available for eligible pensioners and animals that have been desexed. To receive a concession, desexing details must be included in your pet's microchip record.

Keep us updated

Moved house, changed contact details, or transferred ownership of a pet?

It's important to let us know. If your pet is registered through the NSW Pet Registry website, you can update these details online.

Otherwise, visit the council during office hours. Penalties can apply for failure to notify the council of changes, or for giving false or misleading information. 

Registration for working dogs

If your livestock working dog is kept in the Western Division of NSW and doesn't fall within a local government area, or on land rated as farmland, it doesn't have to be microchipped. All other livestock working dogs must be microchipped. Registration for working dogs is free.

Greyhounds registered with the Greyhound Racing Authority Act 1985 do not need to be microchipped and registered.