Compulsory MicroChipping of Dogs | 2016

From 6th April 2016 it will be a requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England, Scotland and Wales to be permanently identified with a pet MicroChip, unless exempted by a vet.

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The quick overview for pet owners about the new compulsory microchipping legislation is that:

  • All dogs must be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks, or before first transfer if younger
  • Breeders must microchip a dog before you purchase it
  • You must ensure that your contact details are up-to-date on the MicroChip database
  • If your dog is not microchipped and registered on a compliant MicroChip database you could be served with a notice requiring this to happen. Failure to comply could result in a fine of upto £500

If you need to update your pet's MicroChip details on the database please click here

Please remember it is still the law that your pet requires a collar tag - this requirement will not change.
For more information on ordering a collar tag with your details engraved on it, please click here.

The quick overview for veterinary practices and rescue centres about the new compulsory microchipping legislation is that:

  • All dogs must be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks, or before first transfer if younger
  • Breeders must microchip a dog before transfer to a new owner
  • Pet owners must ensure that contact details are up-to-date on the MicroChip database
  • Should you find an adverse reaction you should report it to the VMD
  • Under the legislation, you are not being asked to enforce the microchipping, but it is good to advise pet owners of their responsibility - contact us for free posters if you'd like them

For information on how you can register and search for pet MicroChips in the UK, please click here

The quick overview for dog breeders about the new compulsory microchipping legislation is that:


For more information on how breeders can benefit from using AVID MicroChips & the PETtrac Database, please click here