The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) ePermits system is a web-based system that allows users to submit permit applications, track applications, apply for renewals and amendments, and receive a copy of the permit - all while online. Users are required to sign up for a Verified Identity eAuthentication account to access ePermits; however, once you receive you eAuth id and password, it provides a centralized authentication service for all web-based services across the federal government. A helpful study aid to get started with an eAuthentication account and how to apply for a permit is provided here.
If you are importing a pet dog or cat, please do not apply for an import permit and contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for requirements.
If you are importing dog (a) for resale, whether through commercial sale or adoption, please contact USDA APHIS Animal Care.
VS will continue to offer both a manual process and the on-line ePermits system to our users. We encourage you to take advantage of the ePermits option. This will help to expedite the entire permitting process and enable users to track the status of their permits, confirm receipt, and easily renew existing permits.
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Permits offered through the ePermits system via eAuthentication
VS 16-3 - Application for Permit to Import Controlled Material or Transport Organisms or Vectors or Animal Products and By-Products
VS 16-3 Instructions Step by Step Instructions for completing VS 16-3 online
VS 16-7 - Application for Permit to Import Cell Cultures and Their Products
Renew and/or Amend existing VS 16-6 Import permit
VS 17-129 - Application to import or transit live animals, semen, embryos and eggs for hatching
Online Instructions for the VS 17-129 form in ePermits (pdf 3.14mb)
On Hold - Shipment Notification Application (login to ePermits, click on Create\Renew\Amend Application and choose VS Notification of On-Hold Shipment)
Apply by Mail or Fax:
Print the appropriate form(s) and send by mail or fax (for non eAuthenticated users):
APHIS 2005 - Application for U.S. Veterinary Biological Product Permit
VS 16-3 - Application for Permit to Import Controlled Material or Transport Organisms or Vectors or Animal Products and By-Products, General Instruction, Canada Meat Instructions
VS 16-7 - Application for Permit to Import Cell Cultures and Their Products, General Instruction
Renew and/or Amend existing VS 16-6 Import permit - General Instructions
VS 17-129 (fillable), - Application for Import or in Transit Permit (for Live Animals, Semen or Embryos), General Instructions
On Hold - Shipment Notification Application (for Animal Products and By-Products)
Contact Information - List of telephone numbers, fax numbers, and mailing addresses