Is your Horse Microchipped?

Revised October 2020

Please note that we are currently experiencing processing DELAYS OVER ONE MONTH for all passports, due to Covid-19. We can only process applications that are submitted with complete and correct paperwork. We regret we are unable to offer a fast-track service until further notice.
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New legislation means that all horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Great Britain need to be microchipped.

Failure to comply is an offence and could result in a fine.

Benefits of having your horse microchipped

Is your horse microchipped? 

Once your horse is microchipped, update your Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) with the microchip number and they will upload the data to the Central Equine Database. By using the Central Equine Database you can:

  • Check your horse’s passport details using the National ChipChecker
  • Quickly report your horse missing
  • Check if a horse is legally for sale
  • Additionally, in Scotland you can register your horse with ScotEquine. The Scottish Database puts horses and ponies on the map and tracks thier moves in Scotland only

Deadline for having your horse microchipped

Microchipping, image courtesy of Redwings Sanctuary 

The deadline will vary according to what part of the country you’re in. Ensure your horse is microchipped before the relevant deadline listed below:

  • England - 1 October 2020
  • Wales - 12 February 2021
  • Scotland - 28 March 2021



We would recommend that horse owners make sure their microchip is registered on a Defra compliant database (list of them here).

That way, anyone trying to contact an owner about their horse, such as a rescue organisation or even the police, would be able to search the Check-A-Chip website and be able to find out which microchip database has the owner’s details and then contact them.

All Defra compliant databases have an integration tool which allows them to search where a chip is registered and are required by law to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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