Frequently Asked Questions

Horse Passports Frequently asked questions

The Pet ID Equine team is always here to help. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us

Why does my equine need a passport?

Every equine by law must have a valid Defra approved passport. If you own a horse or are its main keeper, you are responsible for making sure you have an up to date horse passport so your horse can be identified.

Can I get a passport for a donkey from Pet ID Equine?

Yes, we issue passports for all equines including horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, asses and even zebras.

Is it an offence to not have a Horse Passport?

It is illegal to own an equine without a Horse Passport (a foal must be identified by six months of age or by 31st December of the year of its birth). Non-compliance may result in a fine.

Does my equine have to be microchipped before a passport is issued?

Yes, an approved Passport Issuing Office can not issue a Horse Passport if an equine has not been microchipped, the implant site must be marked on the silhouette with an ‘’.

My horse is freeze marked, does it still need to be microchipped?

Yes, all equines must be microchipped by law whether they have been freeze marked or not.

How much does a Horse Passport cost?

An application for a new Horse Passport costs £30. Please see our price list for further information relating to duplicate passports, transfer of ownership, change of address and other amendments.

How quickly can Pet ID Equine process a passport application?

Correctly completed applications for new passports can be issued within 10 working days. Applications can be fast tracked in 24 hours for an extra fee of £20.

Is it okay for me to make amendments on my Horse Passport?

No, if the passport needs altering you must contact the approved Passport Issuing Office that issued the original passport. If you alter the details yourself, this will invalidate the passport and you will require a duplicate.