Registering a Dog


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 should get an individual Dog Registration Application from the seller. Once the application has been completed, you should submit it to the AKC with the proper fee. You can also register a dog online. In about three weeks, you will receive your dog's AKC Registration Certificate. When your dog is registered, you can take advantage of the AKC Pet Insurance Certificate program* which includes 30 days of pet insurance coverage. This benefit is also available to dogs whose ownership has been transferred, if the certificate was not activated by a prior owner. Details about this special complimentary benefit will be sent to you shortly after registration or transfer. Visit to find out more.

Filling out the Application

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.

When the application has been received and processed by the AKC, 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 lost your dog's registration application and you're not the breeder, you need to contact the breeder and ask them to fill out this Duplicate Dog Registration Application form and have the breeder send it to AKC.

You can also register a dog online. Click here for more detail.

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.