The Microchipping Legislation


April 13th, 2016

All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland, must get their dogs microchipped by 6 April 2016 to ensure they are compliant with the law.

From 6 April 2016, all puppy buyers must not buy a dog from a breeder unless it is microchipped. Puppy buyers must ensure that the breeder provides microchipping documents to ensure the new owner can update their details in order to comply with the law.

Legislation Requirements

  • From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped
  • Puppies must be microchipped by 8 weeks
  • Breeders will be responsible for microchipping and must be recorded as the first keeper
  • The recorded keepers (where the dog resides) MUST keep details up to date if Adopting a Dog
    For anyone getting a dog from a rescue organisation, the dog must also be microchipped and the dog must be registered to the new owners and contact details need to be kept up-to-date in order to comply with the law.

The Penalties

The owner of an unchipped dog will be given 21 days to comply and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.
It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that contact details for the dog/dogs are kept up-to-date to ensure a dog can be reunited with its owner in the event that it is lost or stolen.

Peace of Mind

When a pet is microchipped, the unique code for the microchip will be registered on a database. This includes the microchip details, information on the pet and contact information for the owner. This allows owners to ensure their contact details and records are kept up to date and the database will provide a lost and found service in the event a pet goes missing.
If a dog becomes lost or stolen, the microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on the database.

Petlog, the UK’s largest database for microchipped pets is managed by the Kennel Club and is one of several databases operating in the UK. It is vital all dog owners are aware of the microchip database their pets are registered with and regularly check their details and update.  

Compulsory Microchipping and ID Tags

Microchipping is NOT a replacement for ID tags on collars.

Microchipping does not replace Id tags in any way and should not be been seen as such. Tags are used for immediate identification without the need to scan, which may result in the pet being returned sooner should they wander off.

All pet dogs are required by Law to wear a collar and identification. Regardless as to whether or not they are microchipped. Any person found in a public place in charge of a dog that is not wearing identification could be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000. A dog found in a public place without identification can be seized by Animal Wardens and treated as a stray.

As per the Control of Dogs Order 1992: Wearing of collars by dogs

(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.

(2) Paragraph (1) above shall not apply to—

(a) any pack of hounds,

(b) any dog while being used for sporting purposes,

(c) any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin,

(d) any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep,

(e) any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise or the police force for any area,

(f) any dog while being used in emergency rescue work, or

(g) any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.