AKC Paperwork

Frequently Asked Questions



I lost my dog’s registration application, and I am not the breeder. How do I get a duplicate?
Answer:

The litter owner needs to fill out the Duplicate Dog Registration Application form which can be found at
http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.

Note: The only person who can request another copy of the dog's registration application is the litter owner. If you are not the litter owner, you should get in touch with the litter owner and have that individual request another copy.

After we receive the information, we will print another form and mail it to the litter owner. The litter owner can then transfer the paperwork to you.


I lost one or more of the dog registration applications I received when I registered my litter. How do I get a duplicate(s)?
Answer:

For a duplicate litter kit

The litter owner needs to fill out the Duplicate Litter Kit Request form which can be found at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm

Example of how AKC reissues the litter kits: If there are five dogs in a litter, we will issue forms /01, /02, /03, /04 and /05. If a duplicate form is issued, a new sequence number is created rather than duplicating an existing sequence number. Thus the last sequence number for dogs out of a litter will be one greater than the number of pups in the litter for each duplicate form issued. In this example the next form would be /06, then /07, and so on.

For a duplicate individual dog registration application:

The litter owner needs to fill out the Duplicate Dog Registration Application form which can be found at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.
 
Note: The only person who can request another copy of the dog's registration application is the litter owner. If you are not the litter owner, you should get in touch with the litter owner and have that individual request another copy.


I never received a dog registration application from my breeder. How can I get an application for my dog?
Answer:

Buyers should not accept a promise that this identification or the registration application will be sent later. It is the buyer’s responsibility to obtain complete identification of the dog as described below. If sufficient information to identify the dog within AKC records is not forthcoming, the buyer should seriously consider not purchasing the dog.

This identifying information may be stated on a properly completed AKC registration application, on a bill of sale, or on a written statement, signed by the seller, that gives the dog's full breeding information as follows:
Breed, sex and color
Date of birth of the dog
Registered names and numbers of the dog's sire and dam
Name and address of the breeder
Date of purchase by the buyer
Name and address of the buyer

If you have this information, you should write a letter to AKC and give the details of the situation and copies of any documents you have. Please provide the full names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone involved, including you. You will need to fax or mail that letter and copies of all related documents to:

American Kennel Club
Customer Registration Support Dept.
PO Box 900066
Raleigh, NC 27675-9066
Fax - 919-816-4250

We will review the situation, contact the breeder, and get back to you.

Please sign your letter of complaint.

Registration with the AKC is strictly voluntary. The AKC cannot force breeders to register their litters with us, and, as there are many domestic dog registries, the term “papers” or “papered” does not necessarily mean “eligible for AKC registration.”

If you have made every available effort to obtain the AKC registration application from the seller (litter owner/ breeder, pet store or third party) and it is still not forthcoming, the AKC can only recommend that you seek legal counsel to determine if you can obtain relief through civil channels. You may also wish to bring this matter to the attention of your local Better Business Bureau or Consumer Protection Service.

The AKC is not directly involved in the commerce of dogs, and the AKC does not license, endorse, register, or recommend any breeders or kennels. Membership in the AKC is comprised of independent dog clubs located throughout the United States. No individual persons are members of the AKC.


I lost my dog’s registration certificate. How do I get a duplicate?
Answer:

You can download a Request For A Duplicate Registration Certificate from our website. You will need to go to the following address - http://www.akc.org/insideAKC/masterform.cfm.

The request form is in .pdf format and requires the use of Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view the application. Adobe's Acrobat Reader can be obtained free from www.adobe.com. You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or newer to view the files.
If you are unable to download these forms, please send your name and mailing address to orderdesk@akc.org and we will mail you a form.

Once you have obtained and completed the form, mail it to the address indicated on it. After we receive your information, we will print a new certificate and mail it to you.

The form will request information about your dog, including its registered name and registration number. If you do not have either piece of information, please contact the AKC at 919-233-9767 so a customer service representative can assist you with looking up that information. We can only release information about a registered dog to its recorded owner. If you are not the recorded owner, you cannot obtain information regarding the dog, nor can you request a duplicate certificate.


I sent my dog or litter application to the AKC.  How can I check on the status of my application?
Answer:

Please do not contact the AKC regarding your application until 10 business days have passed since the date you mailed it.

You can check the status of your transaction at:

http://www.akc.org/ofp/search/

 

If you cannot find the status from the above search, please email us the following information at info@akc.org:

Your name and your home mailing address as it appears on the application
For a litter application, the AKC name and number for the dam of the litter, or for a dog application, the AKC name and number of the dog
The approximate date you mailed the application


How can I check on the status of a Certificate Transfer?
Answer:

Please do not contact the AKC regarding your transfer until 10 business days have passed since the date you mailed it.

You can check the status of your transaction at:

http://www.akc.org/ofp/search/

If you cannot find the status from the above search, please email us the following information at info@akc.org:

Your name and your home mailing address as it appears on the certificate
The AKC name and number for the dog being transferred
The approximate date you mailed the application


I lost my dog’s registration number. How can I find it?
Answer:

Please go here for that information:

http://www.akc.org/apps/store/index.cfm?view=category&cde_category=COMP

If you cannot find the dog’s AKC number, please e-mail us to request this information.


How can I change my address on file at AKC?
Answer:

AKC will update our customer records at no charge.

Please download a Change of Address Form from our website at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.

Or submit in writing your full name, new address, old address, and telephone number to:
The American Kennel Club
PO Box 900057
Raleigh, NC 27675-9057

If you have a registered dog(s) or litter(s) listed using a variation of your name or a nickname, please include this to ensure your address is updated on all your records.







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