S.I. No. 62/2016 – European Union (Identification of Equidae) Regulations 2015

All equines issued with a passport from 1st July 2009, must have a corresponding micro-chip inserted by a veterinary surgeon. Horses, ponies and donkeys must have passports.

  • Foals – obtain a passport before 31 December of the year of birth or within 6 months following the date of its birth, whichever occurs later.
  • Adult horse without a passport – obtain a passport immediately.
  • Passports must accompany horses, ponies and donkeys whenever they are moved.
  • No passport no movement.

(Source: DAFM)

View the Statutory Instrument.

Further information on equine identification registration and passports.

Responsibility for Enforcement

(a) a member of an Garda Síochána,

(b) an officer of the Revenue Commissioners,

(c) an authorised officer appointed under section 37 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (No. 15 of 2013), or

(d) a person appointed as an authorised officer under Regulation 25;

Equine Identification

microchip, passport and registration on central equine database.

What is a Horse Passport

  • Legislation
  • Who is responsible for enforcing
  • Who to report to
  • Solutions and recommendations


  • Onus is on the purchaser to change ownership.
  • Multiple passporting agencies
  • Gardaí do not have direct, 24 hour access to the central animal identification database hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Related Legislation

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