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The microchipping of dogs in England, Scotland and Wales becomes mandatory on 6th April 2016. Compulsory legislation has been in force in N. Ireland since 2012. Dog owners will have a legal obligation to have dogs microchipped and registered with a database. No transfer of a dog to a new keeper may take place until it has been microchipped.

Subject to an exemption for certified working dogs (which is not applicable in Scotland), all dogs older than eight weeks must be microchipped and registered with keepers details. It’s the responsibility of the keeper to keep all registered details up to date, including transfer of ownership.

Careful consultation is required to ascertain the details to be recorded on the database. The data requirement may differ between areas in of the UK.

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