The owner in whose name a dog is registered, must notify using the VCMS portal within 30 days of any change of ownership transactions. The dog’s registration certificate must accompany the Transfer of Ownership form filled on the VCMS Portal. In the case of a pregnant female to be transferred, the Service (Mating) certificate must be included as well. It is important to note that offspring can be registered in the name of the owner on record only.
There is no cost for the first transfer of ownership of a puppy/dog (or name change) from a breeder to an owner. Therefore, breeders may initially submit only a number or temporary name for a puppy, as this will be changed free of charge when it is transferred to the new owner.