Microchipping your dog
All dogs must be fitted with a microchip before licensing.
You need to tell us the microchip number when you apply for your dog licence. If you don't know your dog's microchip number, please ask your vet to scan it, or contact the organisation that inserted it.
A microchip is a tiny metal device which is injected under a dog's skin between its shoulder blades. It helps to identify dogs if they go missing or are stolen.
Every chip has its own unique ID number.
This number matches information about your dog held on a nationwide database, along with your contact details. You provide this information when the chip is fitted.
If your dog is found by our dog wardens or the police, they'll check to see if it has been fitted with a chip.
If it has, they'll check the ID number against the database to return your dog to you.
Where can I get my dog microchipped?
Most vets offer a microchipping service.
Animal welfare groups such as the Dogs Trust, can also fit dogs with chips.
How much does it cost?
Microchipping costs between £20 and £30.
Groups like the Dogs Trust sometimes offer free or reduced prices.