All dogs must be registered in Dogs and Cats Online
You can register your dog by its microchip number which the breeder, shelter, vet, microchip implanter or previous owner would have given you.
If your dog’s microchip has not been added to Dogs and Cats Online, then you will need an electronic copy of the microchip certificate to complete the new registration.
Registration is easy and convenient, following the step-by-step guide.
When you register your dog for the first time on Dogs and Cats Online, you’ll receive a registration certificate and a grey disc with the dog’s registration number within 15 days. As registration numbers now stay with your dog for life, you can engrave it onto a permanent metal disc if you prefer. The registration number must be displayed on the dog’s collar when it is outside your property. Grey discs are only issued once. If you want a replacement grey disc, you can order one logged in to your Dogs and Cats Online owner account.
If the dog has previously been registered on Dogs and Cats Online by another owner, it will already have a registration number. Ask the previous owner for:
If your dog goes to a new home, you must transfer the registration to the new owner via Dogs and Cats Online. You’ll receive a transfer code to give to the new owner. The new owner will then need to log into Dogs and Cats Online to complete the transfer and registration using the transfer code you provided. Also provide them with the last certificate of registration and registration disc.
Councils set their own dog and cat registration fees. Significant discounts apply to dogs that are both desexed and microchipped.
The income from dog registration fees must be invested in dog and cat management activities only. For specific information, please contact your local council.
Dog registration expires 30 June each year and renewal notices are sent in July. Life-time dog registration is not available in South Australia.