Dog Licences and Microchipping

Dog Licences and Microchipping

If you have a dog you are legally obliged to ensure it is micro-chipped and licenced.

Dog Licences

Do you have a dog?

If so, you need a licence - under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 all dog owners are required to have a dog licence.

Dog licences may be purchased:


Purchase a dog licence online at

Your local An Post office.

Drop into your local Post Office and buy your dog licence over the counter.

Lifetime and General (for 10 or more dogs) Dog Licences

Lifetime and general (for 10 dogs or more) dog licences can only be purchased through the offices of Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Navan, Co Meath.


A Dog Licence costs:

  • Annual Licence €20.00
  • A Lifetime Dog Licence €140.00
  • General Dog Licence for 10 or more dogs costs €400.00.

Micro-chipping & Dog Identification

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 require the owner or other person in charge of a dog to ensure that at all times, the dog wears a collar having the name and address of the owner on an attached plate, badge or disc. The regulations set out penalties for non-compliance with this requirement or for defacing or rendering these details illegible.

Since 31st March 2016 it is required that all dogs be microchipped and registered on an approved database.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced the compulsory microchipping of dogs in February 2015. The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 (link is external), signed in March 2015, require all dogs to be microchipped and registered from 31 March 2016.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s website contains further details and frequently asked questions on this issue