Brands EnforcementDealer Licensing

Livestock Dealer Licensing


According to Montana law (MCA 81-8-213), you are a livestock dealer if you purchase livestock for:

  • Immediate resale (reselling within 60 days of purchase)
  • Interstate shipment
  • A commission or fee
  • The account of others
  • On behalf of a livestock dealer or market.

If you meet any of these criteria, you are a livestock dealer and must be licensed by the Montana Department of Livestock.  Please note that the term “dealer” does not include farmers or ranchers who buy or sell livestock in the ordinary course of or in the day-to-day activities and operation of their ranch or farm.

To obtain a Montana livestock dealer license, specific requirements must be met.

First, you are required to register with USDA-Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards (USDA-GIPSA).  GIPSA regional office staff that serves your area will work with you to obtain proper registration and bonding (see contact information below).  Once registered and bonded, annual updates to your registration information will be required.  

Next, apply for a Montana Livestock Dealer License.  Submit a completed and notarized Montana Livestock Dealer License Application to:

Montana Department of Livestock
ATTN: Dealer Licensing
PO Box 202001
Helena MT 59620-2001


The applicant must submit a license fee for each person who intends to act as an agent for the applicant.  Dealer license fees are $50 for first-time dealers and $50 for each additional buyer.  

Livestock Dealer Licenses are renewed annually.  The Department of Livestock will send renewal notices annually in April.  Dealer renewals fees are $250 for one licensed dealer and $250 per additional buyer.  For additional information or if you have questions please contact:

Ethan Wilfore
Brands Administrator
(406) 444-2925


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