Compulsory Microchipping


Key Statistics

  • Microchipping for dogs was made compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales in April 2016
  • Petlog, managed by the Kennel Club is the largest database for microchipped animals in the UK
  • Petlog currently has over 10 million animals registered
  • Petlog is on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to animal wardens, welfare and rescue centres, veterinary practices and local authorities, who scan for microchips in pets which come into their care and trace the owners through the Petlog database.

What microchipping involves

Microchipping is a simple, safe and quick procedure which makes reuniting dogs with their owners much more likely. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.

Where we are

Since April 2016, microchipping has been compulsory for dogs following secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006,

From this date, dog owners/breeders have had to have their dogs microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available, such as Petlog, and subsequent keepers of the dog will have to register their details and keep them updated. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £500. 

In Northern Ireland compulsory microchipping was the final provision to be introduced under the Dogs (Amendment) Act (NI) 2011. Since 9 April 2012, all dogs held under an individual dog licence must be microchipped. The Act also provided powers to specify the technical specification of microchips to be used and introduced new record keeping requirements for all holders of a block licence issued for multiple dogs.

The KC view

The Kennel Club promotes the importance of keeping details up to date on microchipping databases to all as this is a legal requirement, thus ensuring if a pet does go missing it can be easily reunited saving stress for both keepers and animals alike. To help make this easier for its customers, the Kennel Club offers its upgrade service Petlog Premium for a one off lifetime fee.  Through its secure online website customers can access their information, check and amend their contact details and take advantage of other reunification services offered through the Petlog Premium membership

The Kennel Club, through all its activities and particularly through its Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, seeks to educate all dog owners about the benefits of responsible dog ownership, including microchipping.

Permanent identification has been a requirement of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme since 2010.


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