Montana Department of Livestock

Here to serve the people of Montana and its livestock industry.

Animal Health Bureau

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Department of Livestock
Animal Health Bureau
PO Box 202001
Helena, MT 59620-2001
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Montana Import Requirements

Most imports require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and an import permit number.  Please select the species you are importing to find out about specific import requirements.

Import Permit Numbers

Import Permit Numbers are Required for Hand-Written Paper Health Certificates ONLY

  • Permit Line: 406-444-2976
    • 24-hour permit line
  • Email:
    • Monday-Friday (8am-4:30pm)
    • Subject line “permit request”
    • For Canadian origin cattle permits, please email all import documentation to the above email in order to obtain a permit number, permits for Canadian origin cattle cannot be issued over the phone.

Alternative Livestock

For importation of Bighorn Sheep, Dall Sheep, Desert Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goats, Antelope, Caribou, Deer, Elk, Fallow Deer, Muntjacs, Reindeer, and Musk Ox, please contact the import office at 406-444-9525.

Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets

Small Pets


Dogs, Cats and Ferrets over the age of 3 months that are traveling with their owner, are not changing ownership, and are not for breeding purposes.

Required: Proof of rabies vaccination

Sugar Gliders and Hedge Hogs - No import permit required.

For more information please contact Fish, Wildlife, and Parks at 406-444-2535.

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