Passport and Microchipping

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Complying with Regulations

One of the Links Vet Group equine vets can help with the whole passport application process from advising what is necessary to completing the identification paperwork and microchipping your horse which is a necessity for new passport applications.

All horses, ponies and donkeys are required by law to have a passport. Foals born after 1st July 2009 must be micro chipped and must possess a passport. This must be done by the end of the calendar year of their birth or within 6 months of birth, whichever is later.

These DEFRA regulations also require all adult horses that have not had a passport issued before 30th June 2009 to be micro chipped and have a passport obtained for them. Owners cannot sell, export, use for breeding or competition or slaughter for human consumption any of the animals covered without a valid horse passport.
You can be fined up to £5000 if you don’t have a valid passport for your horse or pony.

You can be fined up to £5000 if you don’t have a valid passport for your horse or pony.

How to Apply for a Horse Passport 

Owners may opbtain a horse passport from several authorised Passport Issuing Organisations (PIOs). A list of these can be found on the DEFRA website

What to do if you Lose your Horse’s Passport

Passport Issuing Offices will issue a replacement horse passport on request which will be stamped as such and will state that the horse cannot be slaughtered for human consumption. There may be a charge for this.

Overview of the Horse Passport Regulations


Contact us to discuss Horse Passports or for a Micro Chipping appointment