Registering & Microchipping

Registering & Microchipping

Microchipping your dogs and cats keeps them safe and means you can be reunited much quicker if your pet is lost or stolen.

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is a quick, safe and simple procedure and is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip is very small, about the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck.

How does microchipping work?

Each microchip has a unique number that can be read with a scanner, like how a barcode is read at the supermarket. No personal information is stored on the microchip – only the unique identification number. The owner’s information is stored on the NSW Companion Animal Register where only authorised agents can access the information. It’s important that you keep the details on the microchip up to date so you can be identified as your cat or dog’s owner.

When should my dog or cat be microchipped?

NSW dog and cat owners are required to have their animals microchipped by 12 weeks of age, at point of sale, or change of ownership, whichever occurs first.

Does the microchip require any updates?

You will need to update the microchip details if you change:

  • Address, including state
  • Telephone numbers
  • Ownership

You can update your pet’s details at the NSW Pet Registry or over the counter at your local council. The NSW Pet Registry enables lost pets to be reunited with their owners.

The register allows cat and dog owners to:

  • Create an owner profile.
  • Update their contact details.
  • Transfer ownership of pets.
  • Report their pet as missing.
  • Pay most lifetime registration fees online.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Due to COVID-19, Microchipping Days have been postponed until further notice. Keep up to date with microchipping information by following Council’s Facebook Page

Lifetime Registration

Once you’ve microchipped your pet, it’s important to register them for Lifetime Registration. NSW cat and dog owners are required to have their animals registered with their NSW local council by six months of age.

Each state has its own registration database. If you move interstate you will be required to register your pets with that state’s registration.

How do I register my pet?

You can register your pet via the registration form. This registration process requires a fee.

You must provide:

  • A microchip number, a certificate of identification or verification of microchip.
  • A desexing certificate, if applicable. A vet certificate is preferred, or a statutory declaration signed and witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.
  • Additional information will be required for registered breeders, working dogs and assistance animals. Please contact Council for more information.

Where can I register?

Payment can be made in person at any Council in NSW, including at Penrith Council’s customer service centre at Penrith or St Marys, by mail, or over the counter at any Service NSW Centre.

Payments made by mail to Council must include relevant paperwork to claim the reduced registration fee. If posting, payment must be made by cheque or money order made payable to Penrith City Council and returned to PO Box 60 Penrith NSW 2751. Council will process your payment and post you a Certificate of Registration.

Payment can also be processed at Council by completing the Credit Card Authorisation form and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the relevant paperwork to claim the reduce fee. Council will process your payment and post you a Certificate of Registration.

Payment can also be made online via the NSW Pet Registry or Service NSW using your MyServiceNSW account.

Why register?

It’s required by law to register your pets. Registering protects pets, owners, and the community. It increases the chances of your pet being returned to you safely if they get lost.

The penalty for failure to comply with the act is $330.

How much does it cost?

The fees for lifetime registration change each financial year, but the current registration fee for 2020-2021 for a cat or dog anywhere in NSW is:

Dog Lifetime Registration Fees, 2020-2021  
Dog – Desexed (by 6 months of age, document certificate required) $60
Dog – Pensioner, desexed (by 6 months of age, desexing certificate and pensioner card required) $26
Dog – Sold by pound/shelter, desexed (proof sold by pound/shelter and desexing certificate required) $30
Dog – Not desexed or desexed (after 6 months of age) $216
Dog – Not desexed (not recommended, letter from vet required) $60
Dog – Not desexed, recognised breeder (supporting paperwork required) $60
Dog – Working (supporting paperwork required) $0
Dog – State of Service $0
Assistance Animal (supporting paperwork required) $0
Dog – Annual Permit – Dangerous/Restricted $195
Cat Lifetime Registration Fees, 2020-2021  
Cat – Desexed (by 4 months of age, desexing certificate required) $50
Cat – Not desexed (or desexed after 4 months of age, desexing certificate required) $50
Cat – Annual Permit (not desexed or desexed after 4 months of age) $80
Cat – Pensioner, desexed (by 4 months of age, desexing certificate and pensioner card required) $26
Cat – Sold by pound/shelter, desexed (proof sold by pound/shelter and desexing certificate required) $25
Cat – Not desexed (not recommended, letter provided from vet) $50
Cat – Not desexed, recognised breeder (supporting paperwork required) $50

You need to advise of any registration changes. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

You will need to update your registration if you change one of the following:

  • Address, including state
  • Telephone numbers
  • Ownership change
  • Animal death or missing

Visit the NSW Office of Local Government website for details and forms. 

If you have lost or found a pet, please make sure you contact local vets immediately for assistance in finding the owner. You can also look up local social media groups on Facebook and call the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter on 4560 4644.

The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter takes a list of all the pets found in the Penrith and Hawkesbury LGAs, and will do their best to assist you in locating your pet.