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Registration and Microchipping

City of Ryde is offering a free microchipping service for cats and dogs to Home Modification and Maintenance clients.
Download the brochure for more information(PDF, 49KB)

Companion animals have come to play an important part in the lives of many people. The majority of homes in Australia have at least one companion animal. Pets are a wonderful source of companionship and pleasure for many people. Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all cat and dog owners must complete a 2 step process to registering their pet.

Step 1: Microchipping

A companion animal must be identified by a microchip as required by the regulations from the time the animal is 12 weeks old and must not be sold unless it is microchipped, even if it is younger than 12 weeks. Microchipping ensures that all companion animals have a means of permanent identification that cannot be lost or tampered with. Microchipping means that owned and unowned animals are readily identifiable so that they can be promptly returned to their owners or re-homed.

Microchips are tiny - about the size of a grain of rice - and can be inserted under the skin between the shoulders of a cat or dog. The process is similar to receiving immunisation injections and is generally less distressing for the animal than a vaccination.

Once you have microchipped your animal, the details will be sent to your local council for data entry into the NSW Companion Animals Register. You will also be posted a Certificate of Identification.

Councils, pounds, vets and animal welfare organisations will be able to read the microchip by passing a scanner over the animal. Thanks to the microchip, if your animal is found, lost or straying the Council Ranger can contact you to arrange for your animals return and if it is taken to a pound, the pound will scan the animal and promptly contact you.

It is therefore extremely important that your contact details are kept up to date.

Step 2: Lifetime Registration

Once your animal is microchipped, the next step is lifetime registration. Under the Companion Animals legislation all companion animals must be lifetime registered from six months of age. All cats born, bought or sold after 1 July 1999 must be microchipped and lifetime registered.

Lifetime registration incurs a once only fee that can be paid at any local council. The animal owner must be 18 years old or over. Once you have paid lifetime registration, a Certificate of Registration will be posted to you. For registration forms and information about the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, breeders, pet shops, vets and microchip identifiers, visit the NSW Office of Local Government website.

How to register your animal

You are able to register you animals in any of the following ways:

1. Online via the NSW Pet Registry

  • Logon to the NSW Pet Registry website.
  • You will need to register an account and claim your animal using the microchip number and pay by credit card.
  • If you have difficulty with completing registration through the website please phone 1300 134 460 between 9am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday or email for assistance.

2. By Post

Send registration form with payment in by cheque, money order or completed credit card authorisation form(PDF, 42KB) to:

The General Manager
City of Ryde
Locked Bag 2069

3. In Person

At City of Ryde Customer Service Centre located at 1 Pope Street, Ryde between the hours of 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.  Include the following:

  • Certificate of Identification
  • Evidence of desexing (if applicable)
  • A copy of your pension card (if applicable)
  • A copy of your breeder membership card (if applicable) plus documentation verifying that your dog/cat is a purebred and a statement to say that the animal is to be kept for breeding purposes.

For information on registration exemption see the Companion Animals Regulation 2018.

Registration Costs

Fees are in accordance with clause 18 of the Companion Animals Regulation 2018. 

Registration Type

Registration Description


Registration Fee

Dog – Desexed (by relevant age)

Registration fee for a dog desexed by six months of age



Dog – Desexed (by relevant age eligible pensioner)

Dog owned by an eligible pensioner and desexed by six months of age



Dog - Desexed (sold by pound/shelter)

Desexed dog sold by an eligible pound/shelter



Dog - Not Desexed or Desexed (after relevant age)

Combined registration fee and additional fee for a dog not desexed by six months of age



Dog - Not Desexed (not recommended)

Dog with written notification from a vet that it should not be desexed



Dog - Not Desexed (recognised breeder)

Dog not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes



Dog - Working

Working dog



Dog - Service of the State

Dog in the service of the State, for example, a police dog



Assistance Animal

Animal under 6 months of age training to be an assistance animal, for example, a guide dog



Cat - Desexed or Not Desexed

Desexed or non-desexed cat



Cat -Eligible Pensioner

Desexed cat owned by an eligible pensioner



Cat - Desexed (sold by pound/shelter)

Desexed cat sold by an eligible pound/shelter



Cat - Not Desexed (not recommended)

cat with written notification from a vet that it cat

should not be desexed



Cat - Not Desexed (recognised breeder)

cat not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder cat

for breeding purposes



 Please ensure evidence of desexing, pensioner eligibility and approved breeder status are sighted for the required registration types. The date of desexing should be updated for desexed animals.

Last updated on 12 October 2020