Microchipping Your Pet

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a permanent identification device that is subcutaneously implanted in the animal and is roughly the size of a grain of rice. Normally a veterinarian or other authorised personnel implant the microchip using a particular type of applicator and is usually implanted in the animal’s back between the shoulder blade area.

For Darwin residents, it is compulsory that all dogs and cats have been implanted with a microchip as part of the animal’s registration requirements according to Council’s Animal Management By-Laws. Microchip details are then required to be provided along with a completed registration form when registering a new dog or cat for the first time. For existing animal registrations, ensure that microchip details are always kept up to date.

Keeping Microchip Details Updated

Microchips are only effective if contact details are correct, to change your animal’s microchip details or to check that all details are up to date, you will need to contact the microchip database that the microchip is linked to. If you are unsure of the microchip number, simply take your animal to any local vet to obtain the microchip number by using a microchip scanner. The microchip number will either be ten (10) digits or fifteen (15) digits long.

Log onto www.petaddress.com.au and enter the microchip number, this search engine will help locate the database that your pet’s microchip is linked to

Central Animal Records   

National Pet Register                                   

Australasian Animal Registry                    


Homesafe ID                                                     

Global Animal Micro                                     

NSW Companion Animal Registry