Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Certificates and Pedigrees

 Title prefix abbreviations
 Title suffix abbreviations
 Foreign titles
 Limited registration
 Pedigree research
 Fee schedule

Certificates
 How to read
 Getting duplicates
 Methods of requesting

Pedigrees
 How to read
 Did not receive
 How to order



  • I lost my dog's AKC certificate. How do I obtain another one?

    You can download a "Request for a Duplicate Registration Certificate" application from our website.

    Note: If there are more than two new owners or more than two former owners, you will need an additional form called an Additional Signature Form.

    For more information you can contact our Customer Service Department at (919) 233-9767. You can also e-mail this department.

    Please remember a duplicate certificate can only be requested by the current owner on AKC record.

    • Once you have obtained the and completed the form, you can mail your request and fee to:

      American Kennel Club
      8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
      Raleigh, NC 27617-3390


    After we receive your information we will print a new certificate and mail it to you.


  • Can I request a duplicate certificate through e-mail?

    No, you must mail us a signed request.


  • I received my dog's certificate in the mail but did not receive the pedigree. My check has also cleared the bank. Will I receive the pedigree?

    The pedigree is mailed separately from the certificate. After you receive your certificate, you should receive your pedigree within 14 days.


  • How do I obtain a pedigree on my dog?

    Ordering an AKC Certified Pedigree

    Ordering an Online Pedigree

  • Why don't you list the titles that dogs earn in foreign countries or in non-AKC events?

    Recognizing various titles and logistically being able to record them in our database and print them all on registration documents are two entirely different matters.

    The issue is much more complicated than whether or not to include a few foreign championship titles on a few imports. AKC does register thousands of dogs a year based upon pedigrees issued by foreign registries. There are many national and international championships offered by various organizations. There are many more titles than just show championships involved, e.g. Obedience, Agility, Field Trial, Schutzhund, etc. Also, because the U.S. has no quarantine to limit imports or competing in events in other countries, and because the U.S. shares borders thousands of miles long with two other countries, thousands of dogs go back and forth across these borders every year. Many of these dogs have multiple titles in their country of birth before coming to the U.S. Many thousands of dogs also earn numerous foreign titles after they have been AKC registered. These titles are earned around the world, but particularly in countries like Canada and Mexico where events are so easy to reach for Americans.

    While there are problems that we have to overcome and we cannot possibly list every foreign title a dog could earn, we do understand how strongly some registries and individuals feel about this. The AKC is aware of the importance of the issue and will make every effort to reach a fair and workable solution in the future.

  • How do I research my own pedigrees without having to pay AKC for them?

    The American Kennel Club Stud Book Register, which is the publication used for pedigree research, is available at many libraries throughout the country in their reference section.