All pet dogs and cats in NSW need to be registered on the NSW Pet Registry. This must be done after the animal has been microchipped, and:

  • 12 weeks from their date of birth, or
  • on the day their ownership is transferred (if that happens before the pet dog or cat is 12 weeks old).

Registration covers the dog or cat for its lifetime, even if their owner changes.
Note: If you move interstate or overseas, you may need to re-register your pet according to country, state or council requirements.

You can register your pet and pay the registration fee:

  • online through the NSW Pet Registry, or
  • in person at your local council.


  • Discounted registration fees apply for eligible pensioners.
  • In certain instances, additional fees and annual permits may apply.
  • If your pet is an assistance animal, you need to apply for a no-fee registration through your local council.
  • You can update your contact details, report your pet missing and change the ownership of pets through the NSW Pet Registry.


  • you must be aged 18 or over to own a dog or cat in NSW
  • your pet must be microchipped before they can be registered. The person selling or giving the pet away is responsible for getting the animal microchipped.

Pets exempt from registration and microchipping include:

Visit Pets exempt from registration and microchipping for more information.

What you need

If you're unable to register online, you'll need:

How to register

  1. Select the 'Pet registry login' button.
  2. Log in or create a NSW Pet Registry profile using your MyServiceNSW Account details.
  3. Select 'Register a pet' on your dashboard.
  4. Select the specific pet.
  5. Follow the prompts to pay the registration fee.

If you're unable to register online, you'll need to visit your local council with the required documentation and registration fee.

More information

You're charged an:

  • additional fee if you do not desex your dog by 6 months of age
  • annual permit fee if you do not desex your cat by 4 months of age.
Last updated: 2 July 2024

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