Regulations & Permits

The regulations below are not the official copy of Missouri State Regulations. To view the official regulations please see the Secretary of State’s website at

If you have any questions about entry requirements please call the Division of Animal Health at 573-751-4359.

Requirements that apply to all animals entering Missouri

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. The term Certificate of Veterinary Inspection means a legible record made on an official form of the state of origin, issued by an accredited licensed veterinarian. The official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection shall state that the animal(s) are free of visible signs of contagious, infectious, or communicable disease and describe the animal(s) by species, breed, sex, and age. All animals will be individually identified as defined by Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71, published annually in January, herein incorporated by reference and made a part of this rule, as published by the United States Superintendent of Documents, 732 N Capital Street NW, Washington, DC 20402-0001, phone: toll free (866) 512-1800, DC area (202) 512-1800, website:, or any other means of permanent identification approved by the state veterinarian and listed as well as all data for required tests and vaccinations, including date, results, and the name of the laboratory on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. This rule does not incorporate any subsequent amendments or additions.
  2. Entry Permits. Entry permit numbers may be obtained by contacting the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health, (573) 751-4359. It is specifically noted within these rules when an entry permit is required. Permits and information regarding Missouri’s import requirements may be obtained at this telephone number from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time (CT)), Monday through Friday. Blanket permits are available for sales or extenuating circumstance, call 573-751-4359 to obtain a blanket permit.
  3. Relation to Federal Requirements. All animals entering Missouri must be in compliance with the Missouri requirements contained in this rule, in addition to federal regulations.

If you have any questions regarding the import of animals into Missouri, please call the Division of Animal Health at (573) 751-4359.