6-9 March 2025, The NEC Birmingham

Authority to compete (ATC)

Owner showing her dog while looking down at him

ATC information and dates for Crufts 2025

In order to show your dog in the UK (and at Crufts), your dog must either be already registered with The Kennel Club or you must have obtained an authority to compete (ATC) number from The Kennel Club.



Crufts 2025 will take place on the 6 – 9 March at the NEC, Birmingham. Groups are scheduled as follows:

The following are the qualifications a dog must have for entry at Crufts 2025.

What is an authority to compete (ATC) number?

Exhibitors from overseas who want to compete in any discipline in the UK must apply for an authority to compete registration number for each dog, which costs £33 and is valid for the life of the dog (alterations will be subject to a further fee). The ATC number must be used on all entry forms and will include a reference to the dog's country of residence.

The dog must be registered with an overseas kennel club with which The Kennel Club has a reciprocal agreement, or which has full membership, associate membership or contract partnership of the FCI.



What happens next?

The Kennel Club will issue the applicant with a unique ATC number for that dog. This number will be required on all entry forms submitted by overseas competitors and will avoid the need for competitors to attach a copy of the dog's pedigree or registration details to any entry form.
(*Please refer to the important notes box in relation to your Crufts entry form.)

Frequently asked questions:

How many days will it take to receive an ATC number for my dog?

The applicant must allow 28 days from sending in the application form to receiving the number.

Do I need to include a self-addressed envelope for the reply?


Does the £30 fee per dog have to be in pounds sterling or can I send the equivalent in another currency?

At this moment in time, the fee must be in pounds sterling or you can quote your credit card number on the form.

Does The Kennel Club require original paperwork for my dog's three- generation pedigree, or will a photocopy suffice?

The Kennel Club requires a three-generation pedigree issued by the appropriate overseas kennel club. A photocopy is acceptable.

For further information and guidance please call our specialist team on +44 (0) 1296 318540

Glossary of canine terms
  • Dam: mother of the litter
  • Sire/Stud: dog father of the litter
  • Whelping: date puppies were born
  • Breeder: registered owner of the dam
  • Progeny: offspring/puppies
  • Kennel name: name exclusive to breeder
Important Notes:

i. Once you have your ATC number, it is important to remember that you still need to complete the Crufts entry form online (link - http://fossedata.co.uk/).

ii. Dogs now registered overseas, which were originally registered with The Kennel Club in the UK, do NOT require an ATC form.

  • Have you completed all required sections?
  • Have you checked all parties have signed the declaration?
  • Have you included a certified copy of a three-generation pedigree is-sued by the appropriate overseas kennel club?
  • Have you included an owner registration certificate issued by the appropriate overseas kennel club (if applicable)?
  • Have you included your payment?