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Register a new dog

Register your dog for the first time if you have a new dog or if you have recently moved to Wellington.

Register now  Find out what you need first

What you need 

Credit or debit card number
You’ll need to pay at the end of the online form.

Depending on your situation, you may also need:

  • Desexing certificate or documentation
    This must be from your vet to qualify for a desexing discount. If your dog is not yet desexed, you may provide this later. Read more about desexing your dog.

  • Microchip number
    Section 36A of the Dog Control Act 1996 requires all dogs, except working dogs, to be microchipped within 2 months of being registered for the first time. You may provide this number later. Read more about dog microchipping.

  • Organisation name and GST number
    Required for working dogs, if applicable.

  • Adoption certificate
    Required if you want the discount for dogs adopted from SPCA New Zealand or Helping You Help Animals (HUHA). Read more about dog fees.

  • Customs clearance certificate
    Required when registering imported dogs for the first time, these are issued by the Ministry for Primary industries.

When to register

Register your puppies before they turn 3 months old.

If you become the owner of a dog older than 3 months, register them within 14 days.

If you've moved to Wellington from another region:

  • If your dog is registered in that region - please email us at dogs@wcc.govt.nz
  • If your dog is not registered in that region - then continue on with the online form above.

If you have a disability assistance dog - please email us at dogs@wcc.govt.nz

Owners may be charged a penalty if registration fees are not paid on time.

Fees and discounts

The dog registration fee is for the period of 1 year, starting 1 July.

When registering for the first time, your fee depends on:

  • when in the year you are registering
  • your dog’s details – for example, if it’s a guide dog or if it's adopted.

You can reduce your overall fees by:

You will need to supply proof of these when registering.

See all dog registration fees.

How to register

Register online

You'll need to pay using your credit or debit card number at the end of the online form.

Dog tags

You will receive your dog tag within 3 weeks. Please attach your tag to your dog's collar immediately.

Our lightweight, metal One Tags are used for the life of your dog and come in 2 sizes: Small (25mm diameter) or Large (35mm diameter).

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact the Dogs Team.

Phone: 04 499 4444

Email: dogs@wcc.govt.nz

Postal address:
PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140

Street address:
Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre
12 Manners Street
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