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Dog and cat registration

It’s simple to register your pets with Dogs and Cats Online (DACO), our state-wide registration system managed by the South Australian Dog and Cat Management Board.

Registering Your Pet

Registering your pet means that if they get lost, you’ll be reunited as quickly as possible. The DACO database also holds information about microchipping, desexing, breeder, veterinarian details, and other historical information. You can even update where your dog might be staying while you’re away on holidays.

  • All dogs must be registered by 3 months of age, or within two weeks of ownership.
  • Cat information is required to be recorded into DACO and there are no fees to register your cat in Charles Sturt.

All dogs and cats must be:

  • microchipped by 3 months of age or within 28 days of ownership
  • desexed by 6 months of age, or within 28 days of ownership, if they are born after 1 July 2018

Learn more about microchipping and desexing.


You can complete registration and make payment at Dogs and Cats Online.

In person or over the phone

You can register your pet over the phone or in person by visiting our Civic Centre or libraries during business hours. Please note we only take EFTPOS payments for registrations.

Civic Centre 
72 Woodville Road, Woodville

Customer Contact
8408 1111

Please note, if you are initially registering your dog over the phone you will still need to upload the relevant documents to Dogs and Cats Online.

Dog 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 dog.

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.

Cats also receive a renewal notice, but they are simply a confirmation of your details and do not require payment.

There are no fees for registering your cat.

See below all fees for registering your dog. Concession card holders and applicable dog training completion can get further discounts from set fees.

Standard dog
Microchipped and desexed


Non-Standard dog
Not Microchipped and/or not desexed


Under 6 months


Trained dog
A dog that has undertaken training from a trainer on the Force Free Trainer’s list.

Additional $5 off relevant registration fee

Concession card holders

50% off relevant registration fee

First year of registration for rescue dogs
For dogs obtained from the Animal Welfare League, RSPCA or any licenced animal rescue centre

No fee

Assistance dogs*

No fee

Dogs involved in a dog business*
1 x Business dog
2 x Business dogs
3 x Business dogs
4 x Business dogs
5-10 x Business dogs
11-20 x Business dogs
21-30 x Business dogs
31+ x Business dogs


Miscellaneous Fees
Replacement disc fee
Late registration fee (after August 31)
New registrations between 1 and 30 June

No fee

* As defined by the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

When you register your dog, they'll get a lifetime registration number on a grey disc. You can put it on your dog's collar.

This is a permanent registration number that remains with your pet, even if you move to a different area or council, or if you transfer ownership of the dog.

Your dog's registration number must be clearly identifiable at all times. You can add the tag to their collar, have their registration number engraved on their ID disk, or embroider it on their collar. You will receive your initial lifetime tag number with your first registration.