Dog Registration


A purebred dog is eligible for AKC registration if its litter has been registered. When you purchase a dog said to be AKC-registrable, you must get an Individual Dog Registration Application from the seller.  

Once you receive the Dog Registration Application check to see if it includes PIN numbers for online registration.

If no pins are listed you must complete the application* and submit it to the AKC with the proper fee to Dog Registration, American Kennel Club, 8051 Arco Corporate Dr Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27617. 

Why Register your Purebred Dog with the AKC?

When you register your purebred dog with the AKC, you receive:

  • Your registration fee helps save dogs lives! Over the last seven years, AKC has allocated close to $30 million to fund invaluable programs for the betterment of dogs and communities. Click here for more information. (link click here to information on pages 4-6)
  • A frameable AKC Registration Certificate and your dog’s name recorded in the AKC Registry.
  • 30 days of pet insurance coverage with AKC Pet Insurance*, for newly registered puppies. Details about this special benefit will be sent to you shortly after registration. Click here to find out more.
  • A certificate for a complimentary first veterinary office visit. Submit your e-mail address when registering your new puppy and the AKC will e-mail you a certificate for a complimentary first veterinary office visit along with a list of participating veterinarians.
  • Optional registration packages that include an AKC collar tag with 24/7 lifetime recovery services, a three-generation AKC pedigree, a one-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, and a dog care and training video.
  • Eligibility to participate in diverse and exciting AKC events, including agility, obedience, tracking, field trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and many others!

What to expect after you registration is complete

Once you have registered your dog, in about three weeks, you will receive your dog's Registration Kit which will include registration certificate and other important information.


Step by Step Guide to Filling out AKC Dog Registration



The Dog Registration Application must be filled out jointly by the litter owner(s) and the new owner(s) of the dog. The application is color-coded for the convenience of both parties. The litter owner(s) must fill out the most of the application, including the following information:

  • Sex of dog
  • Color and markings of dog
  • Registration type (Full or Limited)
  • Transfer date
  • Name and address of all new owners and co-owners
  • Signatures of all litter owners

The new owner(s) of the dog must fill out the following:

  • Name of dog
  • Signatures of all owners and co-owners
  • Payment information
  • Registration Options (For purchasing pedigrees and DVDs)

Processing fees are nonrefundable, and all fees are subject to change without notice.

Please note that each litter owner and each new owner must sign the application individually. It is crucial that all sections of the application are filled out correctly. Failure to properly complete the application will result in processing delays.

If you did not acquire the dog directly from the litter owner(s), you must include a Supplemental Transfer Statement for each intermediate transfer with the application.

Once your dog has been registered, an AKC Registration Certificate will be mailed to the owner. The owner should examine the certificate carefully and report any errors to the AKC.

If you have misplaced your dog's registration application and you are not the breeder, you should contact your breeder and ask them to fill out this Duplicate Dog Registration Application form and have the breeder send it to AKC.

The AKC Pet Insurance Certificate is administered by PetPartners, Inc. and is underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company, 907 NW Ballard Way, Seattle WA 98107-4607. Activation is required, may not be available in all states and only available to U.S. residents. Eligibility restrictions apply. Visit or call 1-866-725-2747 for more information or to review terms and conditions.


Over the last seven years, AKC has allocated close to $30 million to fund invaluable programs for the betterment of dogs and communities. The not-for-profit AKC is the only purebred dog registry that offers these programs and services:

Kennel Inspections
Kennel inspections ensure the integrity of the AKC registry and monitor care and conditions at kennels across the country. The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains a systematic and sustained investigation and inspection effort. The AKC conducts approximately 5,000 inspections each year to ensure compliance with standards that support the health, safety, and welfare of dogs and the environments in which they live.

AKC Canine Health Foundation
Founded and supported by the AKC, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC-CHF) ( works to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners by funding research projects focusing on the genetics of disease, the canine genome map, and clinical studies.

Canine Search-and-Rescue
The AKC supports professional and volunteer canine search-and-rescue (SAR) organizations throughout the United States through its national program, DOGNYsm —  America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs. To date, DOGNYsm  fundraising efforts have raised nearly $3 million for the support of canine SAR organizations throughout America.

Canine Good Citizen® program
The AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program is a certification program that rewards dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Each year, theAKC certifies more than 30,000 dogs as official Canine Good Citizens.

Public Education
The AKC works with dog club volunteers, teachers, and librarians across the country to educate children and adults about the responsibilities of dog ownership, basic dog care and training, and safety around dogs.

Government Relations
The AKC Government Relations department monitors and provides input for federal, state and local legislation governing responsible dog ownership. Sign up for legislative alerts about dog laws that may affect you at the “Legislative Alerts” section of

DNA Profiling
The AKC has built the world’s largest database of canine DNA profiles for the purposes of parentage verification and genetic identity. AKC uses DNA certification to ensure reliable registration records vital to the preservation and advancement of purebred dogs.

AKC Museum of the Dog
The AKC Museum of the Dog, in St. Louis, MO, maintains one of the world’s largest collections of dog-related fine art and artifacts. Founded and supported by the AKC, the museum is open year-round to the public and offers many educational programs and special exhibitions.

And much more!
To learn more about how easy it is to register and  the many programs and services offered by the AKC, visit or call (919) 233-9767.

Reuniting Lost Pets with Owners
As a non-profit organization and affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) provides lifetime recovery services for uniquely identified animals.  An owner’s name, address, and telephone number are linked to the pet’s unique identification number, whether it is a microchip, tattoo, or AKC CAR-issued collar tag.  AKC CAR provides recovery services 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to reunite owners with their lost pets.  Visit or call (800) 252-7894 for enrollment information.

The American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most esteemed purebred dog registry.

The AKC Mission Statement:
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

For additional information, contact:

American Kennel Club
Customer Service
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
Ph: (919) 233-9767