Dog ID Tags and The Law

Please remember, although every dog must be microchipped by law in the UK, it is also the law that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (inc. postcode) of the owner engraved on it.

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

You do not have to put your dogs’ name on the tag, this is optional. Unfortunately dog theft is a real danger and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog as it responds to their name.


We would therefore recommend that you do not put your dogs’ name on the tag.


Mr A Smith
54 Letsbe Avenue
BH17 7TD
01202 232218

Mr A Smith
No.54, BH17 7TD
01202 232218


Some people are of the opinion that if their dog is microchipped, they do not require a dog tag with their contact details on it. This is incorrect, and you should always have a dog tag on your dogs’ collar.

1992 Law Exemptions

The Control of Dogs Order does state seven exemptions to the law:
• any pack of hounds (hunting animals)
• any dog while being used for sporting purposes
• any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin
• any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep
• any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise or the police force for any area
• any dog while being used in emergency rescue work
• any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

The enforcement of the law is not carried out by the police force in any area but by ‘the officers of a local authority’.

The vast majority of pet owners will not qualify for exemption, and if you are unsure if you do qualify for exemption it is highly recommended that you always display ID tags on all of your dogs in a public area to be on the safe side.

As the law is enforced by local authorities, you should seek further information from your local council.

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