Registering your pet for the first time

All cats and dogs over the age of three months must be microchipped and registered with us.
On this page:

Cat registration

Dog registration

Registration fees

Reduced registration fee for pensioners

One free registration for pensioners

What your pet registration involves

Your pet must be microchipped before being registered. Microchipping greatly improves their chances of being returned to you if they become lost.

To register online, you will need to upload digital copies of relevant supporting documents, such as the microchipping certificate. Please note that a letter or statutory declaration is not acceptable proof of microchipping or desexing. 

Pets can only be registered in one person’s name (not in a company name).  

Cat registration

Non-desexed cat

This registration is for cats that have been microchipped and not desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of microchipping is required.
Desexed cat

This registration is for cats that are desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of microchipping and desexing is required.

Cat registered with an organisation

This registration is for cats that are registered with one of the following organisations (less than 2 min to complete):

Current paid certificate of membership is required.

If you are unsure of your cat's registration category, please complete the written application for pet registration and send with all your supporting information to mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au. We will assess your application and invoice you accordingly.

 

Dog registration

Non-desexed dog

This registration is for dogs that have been microchipped and not desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of microchipping is required.

Desexed dog

This registration is for dogs that are desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of Microchipping and desexing is required.

Dog over 10 years of age

This registration is for dogs that are over 10 years of age and microchipped (less than 2 min to complete):

Dog registered with an organisation

This registration is for dogs that are registered with one of the following organisations (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Dogs Victoria
  • Master Breeders and Associates

Current paid certificate of membership is required.

Dog with approved obedience training

This registration is for dogs that have achieved a certificate recognised by the Victorian Canine Association Inc. The following is a list of approved obedience training association (less than 2 min to complete):

A copy of the certificate is required.

If you are unsure of your dog's registration category, please complete the written application for pet registration and send with all your supporting information to mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au. We will assess your application and invoice you accordingly.

Registration fees<

A government levy of $4.16 per pet is included in the fees below. Concessions do not apply to the government levy.

A once-only $6 administration fee also applies to each new pet registration.

Cat registration fees

Type

Fees

Pension Fee

Standard Cat

$102

$51

Reduced fee - Desexed or over 10 years

$34

$17

Dog registration fees

Type

Fees

Pension Fee

Standard dog

$168

$84

Reduced fee - Desexed or over 10 years

$56

$28

Dogs registered with the Victorian Canine Association

$56

$28

Dogs that have undergone obedience training that
complies with the regulations

$56

$28

Dogs declared as dangerous or menacing

$310

$310

The fees above are valid until 10 April 2023.

One free registration for pensioners

We offer pensioners one free animal registration yearly for each household. This applies to the lowest-cost animal registered at the property. This offer does not apply to declared dangerous, menacing dogs or restricted breed dogs.

To be eligible for a discount, you must be the holder of a current Pensioner Concession Card (Centrelink, or Veterans’ Affairs) or Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Card which specifies TPI or War Widow.

Discounts do not apply for Health Care Card holders.

Complete the application for pet registration and supply proof of microchipping, desexing and your pension card along with your application and forward to:

If you are eligible for a pensioner free registration, we will process your application and provide you with a lifetime tag for your pet.

For applicants that are not eligible for a pensioner free registration, we will provide you an invoice at the pensioner reduced rate.

Reduced registration fees for pensioners

If you're a pensioner, you can easily register your cat or dog for a reduced fee online (less than 2 min to complete).

To be eligible for a reduced fee your cat or dog must meet one or more of the criteria listed below: 

  • Desexed
  • Over 10 years of age

Dogs only:

  • Has undergone obedience training by an approved training organisation.
    Puppy training does not qualify for reduced fee.
  • Registered with the Victorian Canine Association. Proof of animal owners
    membership with an applicable organisation is required on application.

Note: proof is required - you can lodge a statutory declaration if you don't have proof

Pensioner cat registration
Pensioner concession non-desexed cat

This registration is for cats that have been microchipped and not desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of microchipping is required
Pensioner concession desexed cat

This registration is for cats that are desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of microchipping and desexing is required.
Pensioner dog registration

Pensioner concession non-desexed dog

 

This registration is for dogs that have been microchipped and not desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of microchipping is required.

Pensioner concession desexed dog

 

This registration is for dogs that are desexed (less than 2 min to complete):

  • Proof of Microchipping and desexing is required.

Pensioner concession dog over 10 years of age

 

This registration is for dogs that are over 10 years of age and microchipped (less than 2 min to complete):

Pensioner concession dog with approved obedience training

 

This registration is for dogs that have achieved a certificate recognised by the Victorian Canine Association Inc. The following is a list of approved obedience training association(less than 2 min to complete):

A copy of the certificate is required.

What your pet registration involves

When you register your dog or cat, you receive a lifetime tag with a unique number that must be fastened to your pet's collar.

You pet registration includes:

  • a "Return Home" service - if your registered pet is collected by a Darebin ranger, every attempt will be made to contact you with the aim of returning you pet to you as quickly as possible
  • a 24/7 emergency collection service
  • a pound service that is currently run by the RSPCA. If your animal is currently registered and wearing its Darebin registration tag, you will be contacted as soon as possible to collect your pet
  • a program to subsidise the de-sexing of pets living in Darebin and regular discounted microchipping days
  • part of the registration fee includes the state government levy which is used to help provide education programs for schools and preschools as well as adults. The levy is also used to fund state government research into dog and cat welfare and control issues
  • one free pet registration per household for pensioners (the cheaper pet will receive the free registration where there are multiple pets per household).

If you move house, update your contact details with us to allow us to quickly reunite you with your pet.

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Update or cancel your pet's registration, or change your contact details.