Dog microchipping

It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. If you haven’t had your dog microchipped, you may be fined or prosecuted.

You must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip by the time it’s 8 weeks old. If buying a puppy, you should ask for proof a microchip has been fitted, as breeders need to ensure this before they are sold.

You can ask to see any of the following as proof:

  • microchip certificate
  • vet records
  • pet passport

You must make sure the microchip details are updated once you have bought the dog. You are responsible for keeping your dog’s microchip information up to date, for example if you move house.

Our animal wardens can microchip your dog for free. To book a visit from a warden, please email awarden@westminster.gov.uk, or alternatively attend one of our upcoming events:

  • Sunday 1 September from 10am until 4pm in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, W2 2UH
  • Tuesday 10 September from 11am until 2pm in Millbank Gardens, Erasmus Street, SW1P 4DZ
  • Thursday 26 September from 11am until 2pm in Rembrandt Gardens, Warwick Avenue, W2 1XB
  • Monday 7 October from 11am until 2pm in Tamplin Mews Gardens, Abinger MEws, W9 3SP

A licensed vet or charitable organisation like Mayhew Animal Home or the Dog's Trust can also microchip your dog for a small fee.

Last updated: 6 August 2019