- Issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to importation into Montana.
- CVI must include:
- Consignor and address of origin
- Consignee and final destination address
- Accurate description and identification of each animal (see species specific requirements)
- Purpose for which they are shipped, method of transportation, identification and address of the transporter
- The health status of the animals involved, including dates and results of inspections, tests and vaccinations required by the state of Montana per species
- A signature by the issuing veterinarian who is certifying that the animals shown thereon are free from evidence of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease or known exposure thereto
- A copy of the CVI must be mailed immediately to the state veterinarian of Montana, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, Montana 59620-2001.
- A unique number issued by the Montana Department of Livestock prior to entry into Montana and after all import requirements have been met.
- Permits can be obtained by calling the import line at (406) 444 - 2976. While the permit line is available to veterinarians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, not all permit types are available during non-business hours (8 AM - 4:45 PM MST, Monday - Friday)
- Permits are good for 10 days from date of issuance.
- Equine Import Permits are now available online at animalhealthimports.mt.gov
Protocol for official adult brucellosis vaccination (animals greater than 12 months of age) to meet Montana import requirements:
For adult vaccination of Montana animals, see Official Adult Brucellosis Vaccination of Montana Animals
Negative brucellosis test within 30 days prior to adult vaccination.
Vaccinated with a full dose (2CC) of regularly reconstituted RB51 vaccine. Permission may be required by the state veterinarian of the state of origin.
Permanently identified with a legible adult vaccination tattoo in the right ear (example: RAV2 if adult vaccinated in 2012).
Permanently identified with an official individual identification tag.
AV of pregnant females is not recommended.
- Vaccinated with a full dose (2CC) of regularly reconstituted RB51 vaccine while from 4 months through 12 months of age.
- Permanently identified with a legible vaccination tattoo in the right ear (example: RV1 if calfhood vaccinated with RB51 in 2011)
- Permanently identified with an official individual identification tag
- Documentation of all animals in exporting herd for the previous 60 months by:
- Whole herd TB &/or brucellosis test charts for previous 5-6 whole herd tests; OR
- Annual whole herd inventory verification (3rd party verification required)for previous 5 years; AND
- Bill(s)-of-sale for all animals sold during the 60 months prior to importation into Montana;
- Negative CWD test results for all animal deaths 16 months of age or greater during the 60 months prior to importation into Montana;
- Verification of death (3rd party verification required) on all animals less than 16 months of age that died during the 60 months prior to importation into Montana.
- Complete animal movement history for review.
- Documentation consistent with A.(i.-v.) above from the herd of origin for all animals that are additions to exporting herd, if added within 60 months prior to import to Montana, including a copy of the CVI issued at time of addition to herd with individual animal identification listed.
- To obtain a 6 month passport you must:
- Reside in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, or Montana. California will receive horses on a passport but does not issue them.
- Have a current EIA (Coggins) test. Passports are valid for 6 months from the collection date.
- Have a lifetime brand inspection. The inspection number must be written on the passport.
- Prior to Travel you must call Montana for an import permit (this applies to Montana origin horses and horses traveling to Montana). Before obtaining the permit you must provide:
- Lifetime brand inspection number
- Projected travel itinerary (for Montana origin horses only)
- Once the 6 month horse passport has expired the owner of the animal must:
- Mail the green copy of the passport with final completed itinerary to the Montana State Veterinarian's office within 10 days of expiration.
- Mail copies of both sides of the certificate with completed itinerary to the state veterinarian of each state where you traveled.
- PLEASE NOTE: If a completed itinerary is NOT received by MDOL, future six month horse passports will be denied.
The Montana Department of Livestock has created an annual equine import permit for owners who frequently travel in and out of Montana for shows, rodeos, races, etc. The annual equine import permit is issued annually and replaces the regular 10-day permit. All annual permits expire December 31 of the year issued. The annual permit must accompany the horse(s) at all times when in transit into Montana. This does not replace or eliminate the requirement for a CVI. The application can be downloaded here or you may call the office to request a copy be mailed or faxed.
The official test for trichomoniasis is three negative weekly cultures or a single negative PCR performed on a sample collected by a trich-accredited veterinarian and performed at a MDOL approved laboratory. Bulls must have 2 weeks of sexual rest before testing. Pooled PCRs will be accepted as official tests for non-epidemiological testing.
A sexually intact male bovine greater than 24 months of age OR a sexually intact male bovine 12-24 months of age without a signed statement of virginity from the owner.