What are the Legal Requirements for Dog Tags in the UK?

What are the Legal Requirements for Dog Tags in the UK?

Posted by Chiara Stone on 29th Mar 2017

If you have a new puppy then you are probably wondering what the legal requirement for Dog Tags is in the UK.
Here is what the law states on dog tags in the UK, followed by our suggestions for information you should (and should not) include on your dog tags:

Every dog while in a public place should wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.

There are some dogs that this law doesn't apply to, (mainly working dogs such as police dogs, farm dogs and dogs for the blind) but if your dog is a personal pet, it will need a dog ID tag to comply with the law.
As of april 2016, it is a legal requirement in England, Scotland and Wales for dogs to be microchipped.
All puppies must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old.

Here is an example of what the Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires you to put on your Dogs tag.


No.68 Woof Street

CT11 8JJ

01304 532215

(NOTE:  the law does not require a telephone number, but this is highly recommended for ease of contact)

We would advise you not to put the dog's name on the tag, as this would give dog thieves the potential of greater control over the animal by knowing its name, but it entirely up to you, you can use 'Chipped' or your surname on the front if you prefer.

To check out our own range of dedicated, personalised dog tags in line with UK law, click HERE:

pet tags that comply with UK law