Microchipping and registering
Microchip and register your pet
It is essential for pet owners to microchip and register dogs and cats.
Registration and microchipping is the law, so if one of our Rangers identifies you as an owner of an unregistered animal, you may receive a fine.
Dogs and cats need to be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old. If you are giving away or selling a pet – even if under that age – it's your responsibility to have them microchipped.
Once animals are microchipped, dogs and cat owners receive a Certificate of Identification.
How to microchip your pet
Contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333 to arrange an appointment so we can microchip your pet at our Depot facility – where we have an appropriate area for carrying out the procedure - or at your home.
Alternatively, you can arrange an appointment at any branch of the RSPCA or at your local vet and have your pet microchipped there.
How to register your pet
You must microchip your pet before registering it. Dogs and cats need to be registered by the time they are six months old.
Documentation we need from you to register your pet:
- Certification of Identification, which you receive when your pet is microchipped.
- The NSW Companion Animals Register's Lifetime Registration form, which you need to complete before submitting it to us.
- Photo ID – if you're a pensioner, provide your pension card as discounted registration fees apply.
- The Desexing Certificate - if your pet is desexed, discounted registration fees apply.
Registering your pet in person
When registering your pet in person, please bring the documentation with you for us to sight.
Registering your pet by post:
If you're registering your pet by post, send a copy of the documentation along with a cheque for the correct amount to:
Lake Macquarie City Council PO Box 1906 Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310
View companion animal registration fees.
Page last updated: 12 January 2017