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Registering Your Dog With Council

There are two main microchip databases in New Zealand - the National Dog Database (NDD) and the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (the NZCAR).  

The NDD is compulsory and was set up to monitor the whereabouts of dangerous and mancaing dogs. The NZCAR is voluntary and widely recommended by vets and rescues as the best lost and found database.

In New Zealand, The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all dogs over 3 months old to be registered with their local council every year by 1 July. If your dog reaches the age of 3 months after 1 July it must be registered with the local council by the date it reaches that age.Council registraion is how your dog will be entered in to the National Dog Database

Registration fees are set by councils to take into account the cost of providing dog control services in their area and also to ensure that dog owners bear the costs of dog control and the subsequent benefits to ratepayers of having safe and well controlled dogs in their community .

Each council keeps a record of all dogs registered. Information on the dog and its owner along with its microchip number (if it has one) is provided to the National Dog Data Base (NDD). The NDD enables lost and stolen animals to be reunited with owners and keeps track of dogs deemed to be menacing and dangerous.

Dog registration and microchipping are two separate processes. You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.

Important: Failure to register your dog with your local Council is an offence against the Dog Control Act 1996 and will result in a fine.

Responsible dog owners will register their dog on both the NDD and NZCAR.


For added security and to increase the chance of your lost pet getting home, register with the NZCAR.


The SPCA is New Zealand's leading animal welfare organisation, and a stakeholder of the NZCAR.


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