passportHPA Issue New Instructions Inline with DEFRA
On 1 January 2016 DEFRA introduced stricter regulations for horse passports (Commission Regulation EC 262/2015). Horse passports can now only be issued where the silhouette (markings) has been completed by a vet, and the passport has to be completed on security watermarked paper. The HPA have therefore chosen to outsource the physical production of the passports, and have also had to make changes to the information required in order to be able to issue a passport. The HPA remains the DEFRA recognised Passport Issuing Organisation for polo ponies.

From 1 January 2016, the HPA can only accept the new application form which can be downloaded from the HPA website by clicking here. Other application forms will no longer be accepted. Passports cannot be issued unless every section is completed in full and must include:

· Valid email address

· Microchip number (if born after 2009)

· Location of microchip on equine on silhouette

· Vet stamp and signature on the silhouette page

· Payment in full (Standard – £30, three-day turn around £60, duplicates £60, over-stamping £18, change of ownership £18, changes £12. Rates including VAT)

For more information that is available on the Government website please click here. Or contact the HPA by clicking here.

Photograph: Horse passports can now only be issued where the silhouette (markings) have been completed by a vet.

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