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Micro-chip your dog

What is micro-chipping?

Micro-chipping is a one-time procedure. It is a separate process from dog registration. You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.

A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin behind the dog's neck.

Vets can perform the procedure and advise you of any risks.

Cost of micro-chipping

Auckland Council Animal Shelters charge $30 to microchip a dog. Contact them for more information.

Vets' charges vary for this procedure.

The cost may be lower if the procedure is done at the same time as vaccination or de-sexing.

Why you need to micro-chip your dog

New puppies and dogs have to be micro-chipped within two months of first registration.

A 15-digit unique number assigned to the microchip helps identify your dog through our registration records and the National Dog Database. The micro-chip number will retrieve your contact details.

Under the Dog Control Act 1996, the following dogs must be micro-chipped:

  • Dogs registered for the first time
  • Dogs classified as menacing or dangerous
  • Unregistered dogs impounded after 1 July 2006
  • Registered dogs impounded twice 1 July 2006
  • Imported dogs with microchip that does not comply with New Zealand standards.


Dogs used mainly for herding or driving stock do not have to be micro-chipped, unless the dog:

  • has been classified as menacing or dangerous, or
  • has been impounded when unregistered, or
  • has been impounded twice after 1 July 2006.

If your dog cannot be micro-chipped, you must provide a document from a registered veterinarian stating that it is not fit for micro-chipping by the required date.

Post it to:

Animal Management
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

Why we want you to micro-chip your dog

Micro-chipping helps us:

  • identify dogs that are roaming or lost
  • reunite dogs with their owners
  • keep track of dangerous or menacing dogs.

If you don't micro-chip your dog

  • It will be difficult for you to find your dog if it goes missing.
  • You are committing an infringement offence and may get a fine of $300 - see Schedule 1 of the Dog Control Act 1996.
  • The court may impose a fine of up to $3000 if there is a court hearing for the fine.

Let us know your dog's micro-chip number

You have two months, from when you register your dog for the first time, to provide us with your dog's micro-chip number. Your vet will give you several copies of this.

Go to Update your dog's details (including micro-chipping and de-sexing) and send us a vet certificate with a microchip barcode.

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