Register your Dog and Cat

Registration and Renewal

State law requires that all dogs and cats must be registered from three months of age, with registration renewed annually.

Animal registrations are now managed by Dogs And Cats Online, and renewal notices are sent out in July with payment due by the 31 August. Fines and fees may apply for animals that are unregistered or registered late. Use the button below to visit DACO.

DACO Link Button

Update Your Details

It is important your pet’s address and details are up to date. Keeping your details current will help to ensure that you receive your renewal code, do not receive incorrect fines, and that your pet is not mistaken for a stray and is reunited with you much faster if they go missing.

Visit DACO to update your details if:

  • You have changed your address, name, or contact details
  • You wish to transfer your animal to another owner
  • You no longer own the dog or cat
  • Your dog or cat is deceased

Frequently Asked Questions

Dog and cat registrations are due every year between 1 July and 31 August. Please note that registrations are due in this time no matter when you initially registered the pet.

You'll receive your registration renewal in July each year via email, post or SMS. The contact you receive depends on your preferred contact method noted in your initial registration.

Fees for registration depend on the type of animal being registered, whether you hold any concessions, and if your animal has been de-sexed and microchipped. Fee structure is determined annually by the Government of South Australia Dog and Cat Management Board.

  • In order to receive a discount your animal must be both de-sexed and mircochipped. If your animal is not yet old enough to be de-sexed then in this instance you will need to pay the full fee.
  • Owners with animals that are recently deceased are not eligible for a refund on their registration fees, nor can the registration be transferred to another animal.
  • Registration is only valid until July of each year irrespective of when you last paid your registration. For example if you register your animal in June, you will need still need to pay for registration renewal again in July.
  • DACO will add on a fee for animals that are registered late. You may also subject to additional expiation fines from Council.
Type of AnimalFee Per Animal (Until 30/06/21)

Non-Standard Dog


Non-Standard Dog - Concession


Standard Dog (Microchipped and De-sexed)


Standard Dog (Microchipped and De-sexed) - Concession


Non-Standard Cat


Non-Standard Cat - Concession


Standard Cat (Microchipped and De-sexed)


Standard Cat (Microchipped and De-sexed) - Concession


Assistance Dog


Assistance Dog in Training


Working Dog


Working Dog - Concession


Racing Greyhound


Racing Greyhound - Concession



Your renewal code will be sent to you in July of each year by whatever you've indicated as your preferred contact method. Please keep your details current in your DACO account to ensure that you receive your renewal code.

DACO will send you a plastic registration tag/disc when your dog is first registered. This is a lifetime disc. If you require a replacement disc you can purchase one from DACO for $10. Alternatively, if you know your dog's registration number you can have this engraved on a metal disc along with the dog's name and any other contact details.


It is compulsory for all dogs and cats in South Australia to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, unless exempt by a vet. Microchipped animals carry with them a permanent identification and can be reunited with their owners much sooner.


Unless exempt by a vet all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be de-sexed before the age of 6 months.

Assistance dogs need to be accredited. Please contact the Dog and Cat Management Board.

Council cannot set your dog as an assistance dog.

Applying for Accreditation

Applicants for Board accreditation will need to complete an application form and provide the required information. Applicants who meet the criteria will be required to undertake a Public Access Test with the Board's approved assessor. This test is charged to the applicant at $120/hour and can go for 3.5hrs. Successful applicants will be issued with a Board Assistance Dog Identification Card which may expire after a set period of time (e.g. 2 years).

Dog Business Registration is under Section 35 of the Dog and Cat Management Act.

A business owner or operator may be entitled to apply for a dog business registration, if the business involves:

  • A kennel at which dogs are bred or trained; or
  • The provision of security or other services involving the use of dogs.

If you do not yet have a dog business registration, you should contact council and find out what their local requirements are.

Privacy The Dog and Cat Management Act (the Act) requires dog and cat owners, breeders, councils, vets, microchip implanters, the RSPCA, the Animal Welfare League, assistance dog organisations and others to provide information for the Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) system. DACO enables specific officers to access information, for the purpose of performing their statutory obligations.

For example:

  • A Council officer can update a dog owner’s record, to indicate that they have paid their annual dog registration fee and that the dog is now registered.
  • A Council authorised officer can gather information from DACO for the purpose of investigating a breach of the Dog and Cat Management Act and prosecuting the offender.
  • An appointed RSPCA Inspector can gather information from DACO for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty cases and other breaches of the Animal Welfare Act.
  • A registered Veterinary surgeon and their staff can search DACO for a dog or cat already in the DACO system. They will be able to see the name and telephone number of the owner, to ensure that they have the correct record. They will then be able to update the dog or cat’s microchipping and de-sexing information, as required by the Act.

The Dog and Cat Management Board makes decisions, consistently with the SA Government Information Privacy Principles, about the extent that officers are granted access to information in DACO. DACO incorporates the public register of dog and cat breeders in SA. Not all of the information about breeders held within DACO is accessible to the public.

Breeders who are not members of an association will register as breeders as part of the process for registering their dogs/cats. This means that they can self-register as breeders when they renew their dog/cat registration. Councils can assist them in completing their registration. Councils can also accept breeder registration fees at their front counter in the same way they collect dog and cat registration fees.