Dogs Trust comment: Dog Licence
The dog licence was abolished in the UK in 1987 as it simply became a tax on dog ownership with little enforcement and take up. A licence still exists in Northern Ireland.
We do not believe that a return to the dog licence would provide any welfare benefit for dogs.
We support the introduction of compulsory permanent identification and registration through a microchip as the most effective means of identifying a dog and directly linking the dog to its owner/keeper. Microchipping involves an initial small fee and then a small charge if and when you change any database details, such as address and keeper. Should a dog ever stray; the owner has a much greater chance of having their dog returned to them.
We continue to remind owners that a dog is still required by law to wear a collar and tag and that the details on a dog’s microchip should be kept up to date.