If you’re a pet owner and planning on moving house soon, then one essential to-do you should add to your checklist is to complete your pet’s microchip change of address. This is important so that you can be contacted and reunited with your beloved pooch if they go missing.
Since 2016, it has been a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. So, anyone who has a dog and is moving home must update their dog microchip details to avoid breaking the law and receiving a fine.
To help you complete your dog microchip change of address, we have put together this handy guide. We’ll outline exactly how to change your microchip details, either by contacting your registered database or using SlothMove’s award-winning online change of address service.
We’ll answer all your microchip questions, from why you need to change your microchip address and how to update your microchip details to how much it costs and how to check your details.
So, why wait any longer? Let’s get started with your microchip change of address.
Informing all your companies and services that you’re moving house can seem like a mammoth task, especially on top of all the other tasks you have to complete before you move.
But, there’s no need to fret! SmothMove’s hassle-free moving house platform lets you update your details with all accounts and providers in one go. So, you can wave goodbye to endless phone calls and hours of hold music.
Now, you can update your microchip details and all your other companies in less than 5 minutes. Whether it’s the Guide Dogs, RSPCA, the NHS, or your gym, we have you covered with our easy change of address service.
There are just a few simple steps you need to follow to start changing your microchip details online:
Select who needs to know you're moving Penfold, HMRC, Council Tax etc.,,,
Enter your previous address, new address and the date you moved home
Click submit and we'll update your address with accounts automatically
As soon as you’ve provided us with all the essential details, including your previous address, new address and moving date, we’ll get to work notifying all your providers of your change of address.
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Now you know how important changing your microchip details is, you might be wondering “how do I change my dog’s microchip information?”.
Well, don’t worry – we’ll talk you through, step-by-step, how to complete your dog microchip change of address.
By far the easiest way of updating your microchip details is using SlothMove’s streamlined change of address service.
To change your microchip address, we just need a little more info…
Alternatively, if you only plan on changing your microchip address, but no others, you can do so by getting in touch with your microchip company manually:
|Microchip Database||Contact to Change Address|
National Veterinary Data Service
Pet Identity UK
Alternatively, you can combine your microchip change of address with all your other services and providers. Using SlothMove’s online change of address service, you can update your dog microchip details and all your other accounts at the same time.
Whether it’s the National Lottery, Boots, your bank, or your water and energy providers, you can notify them all of your house move in a matter of minutes using our simple moving home platform.
With so many things to do when moving house, many homeowners forget to change the address on their microchip. But, this is more serious that people think -, not only can this cause issues if your pet goes missing, but it is against the law.
A dog microchip is only effective if the correct owner and address information is linked to the microchip number in one of the UK government-approved databases. So, if you fail to complete your dog microchip change of address when moving house, it may be more difficult to be reunited with your four-legged friend.
This is especially important when moving to a new location. Relocating to a new area with a dog means that they will be in unfamiliar surroundings and won’t know their way back home. This significantly increases the risk of your pup wandering off and getting lost.
Additionally, if your dog is found and the wrong address is registered, you could be landed with a hefty fine.
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To complete your dog chip change of address, you might be charged an administration fee by the database company. This is often a similar amount to the cost of microchipping your dog in the first place.
There are usually a number of options when it comes to paying to change the address on your microchip. Depending on which database your microchip is stored and the type of plan you have, you can either:
Not all microchip databases allow you to pay each time you amend. Instead, most encourage you to sign up for a paid account when you need to change your dog microchip details, enabling you to make future changes for free.
For example, upgrading from the free ‘identibase plan’ to ‘identibase plus’ costs £15.95 and allows you to change your microchip details an unlimited number of times. Below, we have outlined the fees for each microchip database:
|Microchip Database||Fee Per Change (Free Accounts)||Cost of Paid Account (Unlimited Changes)|
National Veterinary Data Service
Pet Identity UK
Given that changing your microchip details is a must when moving house with a dog, you might be wondering if it’s possible to do so for free.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to complete your dog microchip change of address totally for free. However, as mentioned above, you can register for a lifetime microchip plan, where you’ll pay a one-time fee and then get all future changes to your microchip address for free.
Or, you can use SlothMove’s online change of address service, pay a similar amount and update your details with all other essential companies all in one go. Why only change your microchip details when you could change them all?
To find out whether your dog has been microchipped, to find the microchip number or to check that your microchip address is correct, you can take them along to your local vet and have them scanned.
Once you have the microchip number, you can use a chip checker inline to find out which database the chip is registered with.
No, microchips are not sole legal proof of ownership. Having your name, address and other details on your pet’s microchip record does not automatically make you the owner.
This is because pets can be microchipped at any stage in their lives – at rescues, from breeders, from shelters or at a vets. So, while microchips with your details on will help build a case for ownership, alone they are not enough.
If you are the previous owner of a pet and want to transfer it to a new owner, you will need to sign into your online account and select ‘Transfer Keeper’. Enter the new owner’s email address and a contact number, then click ‘Transfer’.
So, if you own a dog and are moving home soon, you must remember to change your microchip details. If you don’t you could be putting your pampered pooch in danger and yourself at risk of a fine.
Changing your microchip details is easy – all you need to do is find out which database your microchip is registered with and contact them directly or use SlothMove’s innovative change of address service.