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California Department of Food and Agriculture

INFORMATION ABOUT
LIVESTOCK AND PET MOVEMENT


wedge Do You Want to Bring Animals into California? Visit CDFA interactive website to find the latest requirements needed to bring livestock and other animals into California.

wedge DOGS and CATS are regulated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). For information regarding the importation and exportation of these animals please contact CDPH.

California Entrance Requirements for Dogs:
All domestic dogs must be healthy. Dogs over four (4) months of age must have a certificate of current rabies vaccination. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, is not required for privately owned dogs being brought into the State of California. Persons bringing dogs into California with intent to sell or transfer ownership must have a health certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian within the 10 days prior to the date of importation. The person seeking to bring a dog into the state must send a copy of the health certificate to the county health department in the county in which the dog is to be sold or in the county of residence of the person who is receiving the dog. All persons transporting dogs via commercial air should call the airline for any additional requirements they might have.

California Entrance Requirements for Cats:
All domestic cats must be healthy. Neither a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, nor a rabies vaccination is required to import a cat into California; however, if traveling into California via airplane, please call the airline as they may have additional requirements.


International Importation or Exportation of Animals

For information on moving animals to California from other countries and from California to other countries, check the USDA Veterinary Services International Animal Import and Export web site.

If the species to be exported is not listed, contact the appropriate ministry in the destination country and apply for an import permit that will include the entry requirements.  Foreign consulate information may be found at http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/. If additional assistance is needed, accredited veterinarians may contact Veterinary Service Export Staff at (916) 854-3900, Fax: (916) 363-1125, email: sacramento.vs.import.export@aphis.usda.gov.

To be valid for international travel or export, the USDA/APHIS/VS area office must endorse the United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals (APHIS Form 7001). Please contact:

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
Veterinary Services
10365 Old Placerville Road, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 854-3950 phone
Fax: (916) 363-1125


Livestock, Poultry,
and Other Animal Entry Requirements

Most livestock and poultry have entry permit and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) requirements to enter California (horses and other equidae do not require a permit). California entry permits are issued to accredited licensed veterinarians from the state of origin by the Animal Health Branch by calling (916)900-5052. If a CVI is required for the shipment, it must be completely filled out prior to calling for the permit. The CVI must include the complete physical origin and destination address along with phone numbers. For movements on weekends and holidays, call prior to or on the next business day. Livestock Movement Brochure

Veterinarians can issue their own permits for livestock entering California; call (916) 900-5052 if you would like to use the on-line system.

Visit the links below for California entry requirements:

Vesicular Stomatitis – Based on the international delisting of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) and recent scientific evidence, California is revising the VS entry requirement statement on Certificates of Veterinary Inspection from VS affected states.

California import requirements specify that all horses, cattle, sheep, goats and swine originating from any state where vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed, (except cattle and swine transported directly to slaughter), must be accompanied by a health certificate (certificate of veterinary inspection) and signed by an accredited veterinarian that includes the following statement:

“I have examined all the animals identified on this certificate within 72 hours of shipment date and found them to be free from signs of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). During the last thirty (30) days, these animals have not been exposed to VS nor located on a VS confirmed or a VS suspected premises.”

NOTE: The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for California horses returning to California from a VS Affected State must include the VS statement written by an Accredited Veterinarian in the VS Affected State.


Livestock and Poultry Leaving California

Accredited licensed veterinarians may order California Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for Livestock and Poultry (Form 77-010) from the Animal Health Branch by calling (916) 900-5002.
For information on moving animals from California to other states check the USDA State Regulations page and call the state of destination.

Small Animals Leaving California

The United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals (APHIS Form 7001) that veterinarians obtain from the USDA,is the certificate required for use by California accredited licensed veterinarians.  The certificate for Interstate Movement of Small Animals (Form 77-043) is no longer available from the California Department of Food and Agriculture or approved for use.

UPDATE wedge The United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals (APHIS Form 7001) is available as a fillable PDF form from the United States Department of Agriculture.   The accredited veterinarian should maintain a photocopy of each document issued in an appropriate hospital file.  To be valid for international travel or export, USDA APHIS VS area office endorsement is required.  Obtain endorsement from:

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
Veterinary Services
10365 Old Placerville Road, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone: (916) 854-3950
Fax: (916) 363-1125


Important Links


  • Importers of specified nonhuman primates, carnivores and bats must obtain a wild animal importation permit from the California Department of Public Health- Veterinary Public Health Section (916) 552-9740 prior to entry.
  • Additional restricted species permits may also be required by the California Department of Fish and Game- License and Revenue Branch (916) 928-5845.
  • For a complete set of California regulations, visit the California Code of Regulations web site.
  • For information regarding approval of rabies vaccine, rabid animals, rabies quarantine procedures and rabies testing of suspect animals contact the California Department of Public Health- Veterinary Public Health Services at (916) 552-9740.