Frequently Asked Questions

Bureau Of Livestock Identification

  • Q: When is a Brand Inspection Required?

    A:

    1. When cattle are sold or ownership transferred
    2. Prior to movement out of state
    3. Prior to slaughter
    4. Upon entry to registered feedlot
    5. Prior to release from a Salesyard
    6. Prior to movement out of a modified point of inspection
    7. Prior to movement from a premises designated a quarantined
  • Q: How do I apply to register a brand?

    A: You must submit a brand application along with a $70.00 fee to the Brand Registrar.

  • Q: Do I need a brand inspection on my horse?

    A: No, a brand inspection is not required for a horse in California.

  • Q: Is a brand inspection required on cattle that does not have a brand?

    A: Yes, all cattle must be brand inspected when it is required whether or not they have a brand.

  • Q: Who do I call to get my cattle brand inspected?

    A. Brand inspectors cover every county of the state. You can contact the Bureau of Livestock Identification at 916-900-5006 for the brand inspector in your area or you can find a list on the Livestock ID home page.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:

CDFA Animal Health and Food Safety Services,
Bureau of Livestock Identification
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Physical Address:

2800 Gateway Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833

Phone: 916-900-5006
Fax: 916-900-5335
Email: bliinfo@cdfa.ca.gov