Animal Registry Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate an animal registry service. An animal registry service maintains and keeps records of cats, dogs and horses.

This licence applies to animal registries containing identifying information about the animal that is referenced to a microchip implanted in the animal. This does not apply to animal registries that are maintained by local councils.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • provide details of the corporation or individual, contact info and ABN
  • provide details of the bank security or storage facility in which copies of records are to be kept
  • have acceptable technical and financial capacity to provide an animal registry service in compliance with the requirements of current legislation
  • be a suitable person to provide a domestic animal registry service
  • have adequate insurance
  • be willing to undertake a national police check
  • submit the required form and fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

There are numerous conditions of licence and legislative requirements which licensed registries comply with, such as:

  • details of microchip and prescribed identifying information must be placed on the registry within four days of receipt provided all information is received from the authorised implanter and required fee is paid
  • owner of animal must be provided with a certificate of identification which includes details of how to change contact information or ownership
  • records must be maintained for life of animal or 30 years
  • 24 hour access must be provided for the purpose of reuniting individual animals with owners
  • licensed registries must communicate with each other to ascertain animal ownership if details not on their registry
  • there must be verification of microchip numbers to ensure uniqueness
  • maintenance of all records including a separate backup, updated at least monthly
  • compliance with all current state and federal legislation relating to animal welfare.


As specified, but for no longer than 3 years


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Act(s) name

Domestic Animals Act 1994 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Domestic Animals Regulations 2015 Victoria

Application process


Please lodge your application and supporting documentation directly with the Agency.

Additional information

Whenever a veterinarian or other authorised person implants a microchip in a cat, horse or dog, the information must be provided to a licensed animal registry service within two days.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.