Horse Passports

The BHS Passport Office issues passports to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules of unknown breeding and those that are not eligible to be registered with a breed society. 

Please note: We now return all passports by recorded delivery (Signed For™), therefore please do not include payment for this service in your application. 

For the purpose of the information contained on our website ‘horse’ refers throughout to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

The BHS are only able to make changes to passports that were originally issued by the Society. Please ensure you contact the correct Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) as all non-BHS passports or application forms received will be immediately returned to the sender. Details of authorised PIOs are available from DEFRA.

You do not have to be a member of the BHS to obtain a passport or to complete any updates on a BHS passport.

Please see the links on the left hand side for more information about the services available for BHS passports. A list of frequently asked questions is available for specific issues regarding passports. If you need any additional information, please contact the Passport Office on 02476 840574 or email

Each specific service details the time that it will take for the BHS Passport Office to complete the process. A fast track service is available. Fast Track applications cost an additional £25, will be processed within one working day and are only payable by card. Please be aware that incorrect paperwork can cause delays.The BHS cannot be held responsible for any passports that are lost or damaged in the post.

The BHS has issued over 35,000 passports. Over this time the front cover of the passport has been amended three times. All BHS passports remain valid regardless of the logo your horse’s passport has. To help identify a BHS passport, the three cover versions are below:

Old BHS passport cover   Old Blue BHS Passport Cover   Current BHS passport cover

•    The most up-to-date version is the red covered passport, which is bound together using two rivets.

•    All pages contained within the passport have ‘Equine Passport’ written in the background diagonally across the pages. Any pages which do not carry this watermark were not issued by the BHS and suggest that the passport has been tampered with. This should be reported to Trading Standards.

•    On the first page is an embossed mark which is completed on the date that the passport was issued. If this mark is missing it suggests that the passport has been tampered with. This should be reported to Trading Standards.

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