USEF Offering Expedited Horse Passport Service

The USEF has begun a new expedited FEI and National Passport service which is intended to assist those who have an urgent need to obtain a new passport, revalidate an existing one, change ownership, change a horse's name, and to receive an FEI Recognition Card (a National Passport from any country that is upgraded to an FEI Passport.)

Horses and ponies competing in the FEI disciplines need official passports to compete in FEI competitions. Even horses owned by U.S citizens and competing within this country need an FEI Passport if they are competing in a three, four, or five star competition. FEI Passports are also required for all horses, including those from the United States, competing in the North American Young Rider Championships. USEF National Passports will also be required for horses competing in FEI one star and two star competitions inside the United States beginning December 1, 2007.

An FEI Passport or USEF National Passport is a detailed document with an official number and provides the name and vital statistics about the horse including markings, ownership details, and all veterinary information required by FEI , United States Department of Agriculture, and other nations. Once a horse receives a passport it stays with that horse for the rest of its life and it must be revalidated by the USEF every four years. The USEF must also review and approve a passport if there is a change of ownership, a name change for the horse, or a change in the nationality (change in nationality only applies to FEI passports.)

The new expedited service will provide a three-day turnaround for a non-refundable fee of $300.00 plus any other standard passport fees, provided all required documentation has been submitted at the time the passport application is received. For example, to obtain a new passport, you first submit an application for it to the USEF. Once your application is received and verified by the USEF the passport will be sent to you within three business days. When you receive it you fill in all of the required information on the passport--the horse's name and vital statistics, markings, ownership details, and veterinary information. Your veterinarian must sign, date, and stamp the passport. It should then be sent back to the USEF for final approval. Assuming all required information has been completed it will be validated and sent back to the applicant within three business days.

Requesting a New Passport:

  • The horse must have a USEF Life Recording
  • All owners must be active members of the USEF (a contributing member is not an active member.)
  • The owner must be a U.S citizen
  • The ownership information must be identical on both the USEF Life Recording and the passport.

Requirements for All Other Passport Services:

  • Must meet the requirements above
  • The passport must not have expired. If the passport has expired, it must be revalidated at the time of the requested service.
  • Equine Influenza vaccinations must be up-to-date pursuant to current FEI regulations.

"Over the past year, we have already improved the turn-around time for passports to less than a week. Just like passports for people, we know there is sometimes a need to get one quickly. Maybe there is an unforeseen opportunity to compete at a higher level, perhaps ownership changes right before a competition, or someone may have simply forgotten that they need a revalidation. The expedited service gives them the option to have the fastest possible turnaround for the passport," said John Long, USEF Chief Executive Officer.

For information and passport application forms go to On the menu go to "Forms and Pubs" and then to "Horse Services."

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