Welcome to Chip Check - brought to you by Fido.ie
Do you have a dog that has been, or is about to be, microchipped?
If your dog is kept in the Republic of Ireland then there are some new regulations that apply to you and your dog.
Here at the Chip Check we aim to
- Explain the new Microchipping of Dogs Regulations, and
- Explain what you need to do to become compliant with the Regulations.
The new regulations
From the end of March 2016 the following regulations apply:
- ALL dogs must be microchipped.
- ALL dogs must have their details and those of their owner registered on a government approved Database.
- ALL owners must have a Certificate from a government approved Database showing that their dog is microchipped and the details registered.
- ALL owners are responsible for ensuring that the details stored on the chosen Database are correct and up to date.
- Any changes made to recorded details will require the issuing of a new Certificate.
- The Regulations do not introduce a tax and do not provide any income to the State.
* Fido.ie operates a Certified Registry that is a Government Approved Database of microchip implantation records.
What if my dog has not been microchipped?
If your dog IS NOT MICROCHIPPED:
- Go to your local vet as soon as possible to have your dog microchipped.
- Bring photo ID and proof of your address, because the vet is required to see these.
- Ensure that the vet registers all your details on the Database (Fido).
- A certificate will be issued to you by the Database and then you will be fully compliant.
Remember that under the Regulations, new chip implantation and data registration must take place in a single sitting.
It is not lawful for a new implant to be performed on a dog and then the registration to be submitted at a later date.
Ensure that the process of registration commences immediately after the chip is implanted.
Microchips that were implanted prior to the introduction of the Regulations can be certified retrospectively if
the details are checked by a government approved Database.
What if my dog has already been microchipped?
If your dog IS MICROCHIPPED, Fido can accept details from you, compare these against any details
already recorded and tell you if there is anything else you need to do.
You will need to supply the following details for comparison against the Database:
- The 15 digit microchip number.
- Your first name and your surname.
- The address where the dog is normally kept.
- The postal address for the Certificate.
- Your email address and preferred telephone number (for correspondence with Fido staff).
- The dog's breed and colour.
- The dog's date of birth.
- The date when the dog was implanted.
- The name of the vet, clinic or practice that implanted the chip.
If your dog's details are not in the Fido Database, Fido staff will check against every other database in Europe
associated with the EuroPetNet organisation to see if any of them are aware of your dog's microchip.
Fido staff will contact you to tell you what has been found.
This service launched in late summer 2015 and Fido customers with registered email addresses are being contacted.
The process could take several months to conclude, and in the meantime dog owners who are still waiting to be
contacted do not need to be concerned as the government has made allowances for the introduction of the Regulations.
My dog's chip is already registered with Fido. Am I compliant?
Unless you have received the official certificate from Fido, you are not compliant.
Up to now, Fido only issued its own Certificates of Registration to show that reunification data had been registered with Fido.
With the introduction of the new government Regulations, and Fido's recognition as a government approved Database,
Fido now has to issue new Certificates that confirm the chip, dog, owner and implanter details.
Many of these details were previously optional on Fido, but the new Regulations now make them mandatory.
Fido must therefore check all the details and update the Database if there are any gaps.
If all the details are already in the Fido Database then issuing an official Certificate will be easy.
(You will only be charged for the quick check, printing and postage.)
Otherwise the Fido staff will lodge and verify any new data before printing and posting the official Certificate, for which there is a small fee.
If you have registered your email address with Fido in order to have your own account, you can
log in and immediately update your dog's details before you contact Fido to get an official Certificate.
Once an official Certificate has been issued, you will no longer be able to use your Fido account to edit the official details,
though you will still be able to update the reunification details (e.g. third party phone number) using a new online service that
comes with your Certificate.
Can I do all this online if my dog is already microchipped?
Fido commenced issuing official Certificates of Registration as part of the National Chipping Month (2015) initiative.
You can now reach the service via www.chipcheck.ie.
Fido staff check your dog's chip status, collect updated details from you if necessary, and prepare all the information
necessary to process your application for a Certificate of Registration based on the existing microchip.
You receive confirmation by email so that you can pay the small handling fee online, and your Certificate is then posted to you.
I don't have an email address. What do I do?
Most of Fido's correspondence is via email, and much of it is automated where possible to speed up the process.
If you are unable to use email then please make contact with your vet who will be able to help with the registration process.
Most vets have special access to the Fido services to streamline the process.
Is this a replacement for dog licenses?
A license grants the holder permission to keep a particular dog at a certain place and this permission usually requires regular renewal and can be withdrawn by the courts.
A certified registration of a microchip uniquely identifies the dog, records who owns it and where they are located and,
so long as this information does not change, the certification never needs to be renewed for the rest of the life of the dog.
It is somewhat similar to the distinction between a driving license (which grants permission to drive a certain class of motor vehicle and needs regular renewal)
and the car's registration details (identifying the car, who owns it and where it is kept but might never change for the lifespan of the car).
Does this affect my cat?
Fido has provided pet reunification services for many years, and many of the pets registered in the Fido Database are cats.
Rest assured that all these cats (and several other species!) will not be affected by the new Regulations, which apply only to dogs.