The Equine Identification (Wales) Regulations 

On 12 February 2019 the Equine Identification Regulations came into force in Wales.

  • Friday, 03 May 2019

    Vale of Glamorgan



The new regulations and responsibilities of horse owners across Wales, and actions the Shared Regulatory Services will be taking to ensure compliance across Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are as follows:


Transfer of ownership of equines

The existing owner must provide the equine passport at the point of transfer of ownership. 


Before the end of the period of 30 days after the transfer of ownership, the new owner must inform the passport issuing authority of the transfer and the details.

Passport and Microchip

By 31 December in the calendar year of the equine’s birth; or 6 months following the date of the equine’s birth (whichever comes first), the owner must have applied for an equine passport and have a microchip implanted.


There is no longer an exemption for horses born on or before 30 June 2009. 


All equines that fall into this category must have a microchip implanted by 12 February 2021.


A Local Authority authorised inspector may serve a Notice for an offence, or a fixed–penalty Notice. They may also recover all costs associated with the case.


It is a criminal offence not to comply with any Notices served. Any person found guilty of an offence shall be liable, on summary conviction to a fine.


In light of the new regulations Local Authority officers will be visiting premises, events etc. and assessing compliance across the service areas.


If you have any queries relating to these regulations please contact:

  • 0300 123 6696