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Information | Equine Event Permit
Horse owners who frequently travel out of state with their animals for horse shows and festivals can take advantage of an agreement between several states in the Southeastern United States that will eliminate the need to obtain monthly animal health certificate, which are usually only valid for a duration of 30-days.
The agreement is between Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The event permit issued will be valid for up to 6-months in any of the states listed above.
To receive an equine event permit from the state of North Carolina, the horse must reside or be stabled in North Carolina. North Carolina horses owners must send proof of a negative Coggins test within the past twelve months, a North Carolina Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (the usual health certificate) no greater than 30 days old, an event permit application, and a $5 processing fee for each animal. Owners must also submit proof of permanent identification of each animal listed and includes tattoos, brands, microchips, or digital photos showing the left and right sides, as well as a frontal view, of the horse. All photos must include a full view of the horses from the tips of the ears to the hooves. Any tattoo or microchip must be included on the Coggins test form that is part of the Equine Event Permit application.
The issued permit will be valid for 6-months, unless the Coggins test form expires beforehand. Owners will still be required to carry the Coggins information and original health certificate when they travel. If traveling to Arkansas or Oklahoma, the Coggins test must have been performed within the previous 7-months.
Equine owners carrying an equine event permit will also be required to carry an accurate, up-to-date event itinerary that documents each equine movement.
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