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Pet Registration

It is important to register your pets so that if they become lost or stolen, or hurt when you are not around, they can be identified and returned back to you safely. By 6 months of age all puppies and kittens must be registered on the NSW Pet Registry.

Register your pet online with NSW Pet Registry

You now have online access to the NSW Pet Registry to register your pet, update your contact details, report your pet missing, transfer ownership and pay most lifetime registration fees from your computer or mobile device. For more information go to www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au

  • It's a requirement in NSW for all cats and dogs to be microchipped and placed on the NSW Pet Registry by the time they reach 12 weeks of age, or prior to sale, whichever comes first.
  • The state-wide Register is an online database of microchips linked to owners' details. This means you can be contacted if your missing pet is found.
  • Your privacy is strictly protected as only authorised people other than yourself can access the Registry, which is not linked to any other database.

Using the NSW Pet Registry


The NSW Pet Registry has been developed to work on internet browsers Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. However, it will not work on older versions of Internet Explorer or Chrome that are no longer supported by Microsoft.

You will need to create an owner profile, claim any existing pets and update your address and contact details. You can pay most lifetime registrations online, however assistance or working dogs still need to be registered in person at a council office.

For a step-by-step guide on how to use this online service, download the Pet Owner & Breeder User Guide and FAQs from the Pet Registry website.

You can still choose to register or update your pet's details through council; just visit your nearest council office and complete the necessary forms.

Registering your pet at Council

Complete and sign the Lifetime Registration form. You can download this from the link below. Take the form into one of our Council offices located in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton or to the Pound located in John Fraser Place, Port Macquarie. Make sure you bring along proof of identification and the appropriate fee amount to make a payment. 

Alternatively, you can complete the form at the Customer Service desk at any of our Council offices. Unfortunately these forms cannot be filled in on-line as a signature and ID is required, verifying that the information provided on the form is correct. 

Download the  R2 Lifetime Pet Registration form491KB pdf(PDF, 491KB)

Please note: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council does not accept applications by post. 

Pet registration fees

Registration fees for 2019/2020 financial year
  Desexed animal  $58
 Animal not desexed by the relevant desexing age and is not kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes, an additional fee of $152 (from $150) is payable in additon to the applicable registration fee listed above  $210
  Animal not desexed under 6 months of age*  $58
  Animal not desexed kept by recognised breeder for breeding purposes  $58
  Desexed animal owned by eligible pensioner**
  Desexed animal sold by rehoming organisation
  Working dog
  Dog in the service of the State, for example, a police dog
  Greyhound currently registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009  $0
  Assistance animal   $0
  Cat born prior to 1 July 1999 where ownership has not changed (when the $0 Companion Animals Act 1998 came into effect)  $0

If you want to claim a reduced registration fee, you must provide the following proof: 

  • Desexed - a letter, certificate or clear receipt from a vet or a statutory declaration from the owner.
  • Recognised Breeder - proof of current membership of DogsNSW, NSW Cat Fanciers Associaton or Waratah State Cat Alliance, and a statement from the owner that the animal is to be kept for breeding purposes.
  • Pensioner - Current pensioner concession card or other proof of status as an eligible pensioner.
  • Assistance Animal - a statement from a recognised assistance animal training organisation (e.g. NSW Guide Dog Association) that the animal is trained, or is being trained, as an assistance animal and is used as an assistance animal.

* Enables pet owners intending to have their cat or dog desexed to access the discounted registration fee. The pet must be desexed and the Pet Registry updated before the pet reaches 6 months of age.  If desexing does not occur, then the additional fee of $152 applies. Where the pet is not desexed or the additional fee not paid, the registration is cancelled and penalties may apply.

** An eligible pensioner includes a person in receipt of the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension. If you are unsure whether you are an eligible pensioner, please contact your local council.

Exemptions from paying pet registration fees

  • Farm working dogs living on rural properties (must have their animal permanently identified and registered but are exempt from paying registration fees). Owners must complete a  Working Dog Statutory Declaration41KB pdf(PDF, 41KB) and submit this to Council.
  • Greyhounds registered under the Greyhound Racing Authority Act 1985 do not have to be permanently identified or registered with Council.
  • People with assistance animals (must have their animal permanently identified and registered but are exempt from paying registration fees). 

This page was last updated on: 17 September 2020