Equine passport and transponder; application

All equines (horses, donkeys, zebras and their crossbreeds) are required to be marked and identified. An equine passport and a transponder are required.


Special notes

Further important information on the correct identification of equidae

Only the transponders issued by the above-mentioned passport-issuing agencies may be used to identify equidae. Microchips, as used for dogs or cats, are not permitted for the identification of equidae in Germany.

For equidae for which, contrary to the legal requirements, a passport is not yet available, passports must also be applied for at the responsible office. Slaughter of these animals for human consumption is not possible, because a so-called replacement passport is issued for these equids.

For foreign equine passports applies:

  • Equine passports issued in EU member states are also valid in Germany.
  • For equidae from countries outside the EU, which were imported without a recognized passport, an EU equine passport must be applied for at the latest 30 days after completion of the customs procedure at the competent passport issuing office.


  • The costs are to be inquired at the respective passport issuing office.


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