United Kingdom

Compulsary microchipping

The British government have announced that it will be making microchipping compulsory for all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland from April 2016.

In Northern Ireland, compulsory microchipping became a requirement for a dog licence from 9th April 2012 under the Dogs (Amendment) Act (NI) (2011).


From April 2016 pet owners will need to:

  • Have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available.
  • Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away.
  • Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip databases.

* This applies to puppies by 8 weeks of age.