Attention! Your dog's registration expired on April 30. Dogs need to be registered again before before May 31. Your pooch runs the risk of being classified as a ‘stray dog’ and taken away by the PSB if you don't.
Mary Peng over at the International Centre for Veterinary Services (ICVS) has been extremely kind in providing the comprehensive information below for those not familiar with the process. The below info is the result of weeks of painstaking research – calling as many regional PSB offices as possible to get the most accurate, up-to-date information possible. Take it away, Mary!
year from May 1 to June 30 in Beijing, the Public Security Bureau (PSB) conducts
its annual dog registration and licensing renewal drive. All
dogs are required to be registered by law, including service dogs and dogs
owned by diplomats. Dog licences are valid from May 1 to April 30 of
the following year. The current licences for all 2 million-plus dogs registered
in Beijing collectively expired last weekend, on Saturday 30 April 2016.
For the 2016-17 licensing
period, all dogs must begin licensing renewal after Sunday 1 May. A
comprehensive summary on the Beijing dog registration and licensing regulations
is provided by ICVS, below. For step-by-step instructions on how to register
your dog and the process at the PSB, visit the ICVS web site.
Photo credit: choco_f45 by choco@Nerima from flickr.com
Dog licensing fees
dog licensing fees vary by district. Within the eight districts of ‘strict enforcement
of dog ownership regulations’ – for example Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen,
Xuanwu, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan – the fees are 1,000RMB for the initial
registration and 500RMB for annual renewal. Licensing fees for other districts are
lower, around 600RMB for initial registration and annual renewal fee of 300RMB.
with spay/neuter certificates from legally registered animal hospitals in Beijing
may enjoy discounts of 50 percent on the initial registration fee or 40 percent
discounts on the licensing renewal fee. Please enquire with your veterinary
hospital for an official spay/neuter certificate.
Size restrictions on dogs
The regulations state that
dogs registered within the eight strict enforcement districts of Chaoyang,
Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan must
not be taller than 35cm when measured from the ground to the shoulder.
you have a dog that is taller than 35cm, keep in mind that the PSB will allow a
little leeway and the decision to allow a dog to be licensed is up to the
individual officer on duty at the time.
you register a puppy within the eight districts of strict enforcement that then
grows to be significantly over 35cm, your dog licence is automatically void.
that are significantly taller than 35cm may be legally registered at a
household address that is outside of the eight districts of strict enforcement (eg
Shunyi, Tongzhou, Changping, Pinggu, Huairou, Miyun).
Photo credit: Shelties are smaller than Rough Collies by Chris from flickr.com
Registering multiple dogs
one dog may be registered per household address. If you own multiple dogs, you
will need a second household address to register the second dog.
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Microchipping and pet identification
sub-districts in Beijing are beginning to experiment with microchipping
requirements for dogs, but there is no municipality-wide microchipping
requirement yet. ICVS strongly recommends microchipping all dogs and cats as
the microchip is valuable in identifying and establishing legal ownership of
pets. Lost pets in shelters and PSB animal pounds can be identified by
microchip numbers. Lost and found pets
caught up in ownership disputes have been returned to their rightful owners
based on verification of microchip numbers. If you are planning on taking your
pet overseas, microchipping is mandatory due to Quarantine Bureau requirements.
identification purposes, owners are recommended to attach a pet ID tag to the
collar with their mobile phone number engraved on the tag, even if the pet is
already microchipped. ICVS can
custom-engrave Pet ID tags for pet owners on-site and offers microchipping services for all
pets with the European Union ISO 11784/11785 standard microchips. Contact ICVS directly for more information
Strict enforcement of dog registration
and licensing in 2016
This year is expected to be a year of strict enforcement for registering dogs. The Government uses the dog licensing programme to control and ensure rabies
vaccinations for dogs. According to the Ministry of Health, the number of human
rabies deaths in Beijing has been on the rise, increasing from four confirmed
deaths in 2014 to eight confirmed deaths as of August 2015. All of these rabies
fatalities were caused by exposure to dogs.
dogs must be rabies vaccinated annually in China. China does not recognise the three-year rabies vaccines from other countries. Registered dogs must show proof
of a legal rabies vaccination within the past 12 months to renew registration. Even though the
official dog registration period is from Sun 1 May to Thu 30 June, the crackdowns have
begun earlier each year. ICVS strongly recommends owners to register and renew
dog licences by Tue 31 May. Any dog that is not licensed is classified as a stray
dog. Once the official crackdown begins, after Tue 31 May, unlicensed dogs may be taken
away on the spot by the PSB. Owners will have to pay the dog licensing fee and
also a potential fine of up to 5,000RMB.
renew dog licences, owners must prove that their dogs received a rabies
vaccination from an officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital
within the past 12 months. The PSB will not renew your dog licence without
proof of rabies vaccination for your dog. Your official vaccination certificate
known as the Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (eg vaccination red
book), should be brought to the PSB to verify your dog’s legal rabies
vaccination. Some local hospitals are also issuing paper A4 rabies vaccination
certificates, which may also be used as proof of rabies vaccination at the PSB.
Legally rabies-vaccinated dogs are also required to wear the new rabies ID tag
on their collars.
Officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospitals
ensure your pet is vaccinated at a legally registered and officially designated
animal rabies vaccination hospital. Only officially licensed and designated
animal vaccination hospitals are allowed to purchase and administer animal
vaccines that are legally imported, registered with the State Food & Drug
Administration (SFDA) and safe for pets. Designated animal vaccination
hospitals must display a gold plaque issued by the Agricultural Bureau
featuring the hospital’s ‘Vaccine Licence Number’ (see photo, below).
Unauthorised facilities such as pet shops, pet product retailers, boarding
kennels, grooming salons, dog training schools, non-designated animal clinics
and pet hospitals are not permitted to procure and administer legally
registered vaccines. Please take caution as you may risk having your pets
injected with products that may have been sourced through unsecured, illegal
channels. These products may be expired, counterfeit or improperly stored and
ineffective (like non-refrigerated vaccines). Pets that are vaccinated at
non-designated rabies vaccination hospitals are not protected from rabies.
Official 'Animal Rabies Vaccination Clinic' plaque at ICVS
is a legally registered and officially designated animal vaccination and full
service pet hospital in Chaoyang district and can provide rabies, distemper and
all other vaccinations for pets. ICVS can issue the official Beijing Animal
Health and Immunity Certificate (eg vaccination red book) and the new rabies ID
tags. The new rabies ID tags must be worn by all dogs and are issued together
with the vaccination red books.
vaccination red book is an important legal document and is still required for
dog registration and by the Quarantine Bureau to approve pets for overseas
export or to take them to other cities. You no longer need to carry your
vaccination red book with you when walking your dog as all dogs can now wear
the rabies ID tag to prove legal rabies vaccinations.
you have a legally registered dog from any district in Beijing, you can take your dog
licence ID card and your fa piao to
get 50 percent discounts on rabies and canine distemper vaccinations at ICVS. Dogs
with valid dog licences and fa piaos
issued in Chaoyang District can get a free annual rabies vaccination at ICVS and
50 percent discount on the canine distemper vaccination.
Carrying your dog licences
should carry their dog licences with them when walking dogs or at least a photocopy of the dog licence. If your dog licence ID card has not been issued yet or
if you are awaiting a replacement ID card, carry a copy of your fapiao that you received at the time of
payment for the registration and licensing fee. The fapiao serves as proof that your dog is legally registered. During
the dog registration drive and ensuing crackdown period, all persons walking
dogs should carry a valid dog licence or the fapiao. In the past the PSB have taken dogs away if the owners
could not produce a valid dog licence or fapiao on the spot.
Initial registration of your dog
you are registering your dog for the very first time, you do not need to show
proof of rabies vaccination to the PSB. Explain to the police that you are
registering your dog for the first time. The PSB’s assumption is that newly
adopted dogs or puppies have not yet been rabies vaccinated by the new owner.
Once you pay the registration fee and receive your licence and fapiao, you are eligible to go to an
officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital for a free or
significantly discounted rabies vaccination.
Questions and concerns about registering dogs
If you're unsure, contact the International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) with any
questions or concerns about registering dogs, dog ID tags, microchipping,
rabies vaccinations, pet import/export and all other animal healthcare and pet
Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) 13-16 Rongkegan Lancheng Shang Jie, Futong Xi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang district (8456 1939/1940; icvsasia.com).