The next time you try to renew or apply for your dog licence, don’t get a shock when you see that the site is now under NParks.
Since 1 April 2019, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) ceased to exist and all animal welfare and management now come under NParks. Pet care comes under Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) under NParks.
Ok, enough of that talk. All you want to know is how to apply and renew your dog licences right? Let’s go.
How to apply for a dog licence in Singapore
You can do it entirely online. First, go to the AVS PALS e-services portal and log in with your SingPass.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a SingPass to apply for a dog licence. You can sign up for a PALS account to apply, as long as you still have an NRIC/FIN/Passport number.
Once you’re in, go to “E-Service” and click on “Apply Licence”. Then, you just need to input the dog owner’s particulars and the address where the dog will be kept.
Dog licence fees in Singapore (2019)
Here are the licensing fees for keeping a dog in Singapore. As you can see, sterilised dogs pay only $15 to $35 per dog.
Since 2018, you can apply for a 3-year licence, which is much more affordable than the yearly one.
|Category||1-year licence||2-year licence||3-year licence|
|Puppies under 5 months old||$15 per dog||N.A.||N.A.|
|First 3 dogs||Sterilised: $15 per dog
Non-sterilised: $90 per dog
|Sterilised: $25 per dog
Non-sterilised: $165 per dog
|Sterilised: $35 per dog
Non-sterilised: $230 per dog
|4th dog and thereafter||$180 per dog
If adopted from an animal welfare group, reduced fee of $15 for the 4th dog
|$325 per dog
If adopted from an animal welfare group, reduced fee of $25 for the 4th dog
|$460 per dog
If adopted from an animal welfare group, reduced fee of $35 for the 4th dog
From 1 March 2018, dog owners who pay via GIRO, online means or via AXS machines get 10% rebate.
Since we don’t know anyone who is old school enough to pay by any other means AND also NParks does not accept cash and cheque payments, you can go ahead to minus 10% from the above dog licensing costs.
Renewal of dog licences in Singapore
Keep tabs on the expiry date of your dog licence so you can renew it before it expires. This can be done online via AVS’ PALS portal.
If you don’t want to forget, you can apply for GIRO. Make sure you do it at least 4 months before the next renewal date.
Cancelling your dog licence
When cancelling your dog licence, you will need to submit some documents. It’s all about ensuring traceability.
Missing dogs: Submit police report along with your cancellation request.
Deceased dogs: Submit a death certificate along with your cancellation request.
Exported dogs: Submit an export certificate along with your cancellation request.
Dog licence transfer in Singapore
To transfer a dog licence, the current licensee will need to indicate the transfer in the online portal to begin the process.
This is done by keying in the new licensee’s name, mobile number and email.
When that’s done, the new licensee will get a notification to accept or reject the transfer. Once accepted, the confirmation will be sent to both parties through SMS or email.
Usually, dog licensing in Singapore is quite straightforward. But you may need additional documents if you…
1. Own “Specified Dogs” and their crosses
AVS has a list of dog breeds that are classified as “Specified Dogs”. If you want to own one of these, you need additional documents:
- Insurance policy
- Banker’s Guarantee
- Obedience Training Certificate
The list of specified dogs thankfully isn’t that long, but it includes Pit Bulls (related breeds as well), Bull Terriers, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Mastiffs. See full list of Specified Dogs on page 16 of this NParks document.
2. Adopted your dog from an Animal Welfare Group
If you have adopted a dog from an animal welfare group, you would need to submit an agreement either from the group or from the individual fosterer.
3. Imported a dog
If you have imported a dog, you must submit an import permit as well.
4. Have sterilised dogs
If your dog is sterilised, you should submit one of the below documents:
- Veterinarian Sterilisation Certificate
- Vet Examination Letter
- Vaccination Card with sterilisation status displayed
This is important because as shown in the previous section, sterilising your dog reduces your dog licensing fees.
If your licensed dog only recently went for sterilisation, you can let AVS know by updating its sterilisation status through the same online portal.
5. If you, (dog owner) is a diplomat
- MFA ID card
- Copy of passport
Dog licensing in Singapore: FAQs
1. Can I apply for a dog licence online?
Yes, everything from registering your details to payment can be done completely online and in the comfort of your home with your doggy by your side.
2. Do I really need a dog licence?
Yes. It’s tempting to think that you can skip licensing your dog and just hide your dog.
But if you do that, you may constantly worry that your neighbours will rat on you. That’s because there are consequences of being caught with an unlicensed dog.
You can be fined up to $5,000 and your dog can be impounded (i.e. seized, or in simpler words, taken away from you).
If you have any other questions about application of dog licences in Singapore, ask away below!