Apply for an Animal Welfare License or Registration

Last Modified: May 30, 2024

Ensuring the humane treatment of animals is good business, good for animals, and required by law under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

If you own or are in charge of an AWA-regulated business, you must be licensed or registered with APHIS.

Unsure If You Need a License or Registration?

The APHIS Licensing and Registration Assistant, which takes about 5 to 15 minutes to complete, is a self-service tool to help you determine if you need a license or a registration. Once you answer the questions, the tool provides you with a link directly to the license or registration application you need to complete.

Launch the Licensing and Registration Assistant

Start Your Application

We encourage prospective licensees and registrants to apply online. You can complete an application in about 10 minutes on our website using DocuSign. We also make printable versions of the applications available if you need them.

If you apply online, you'll first set up your electronic signature with your name and email address. Once you complete your electronic signature, you can begin filling out the application.

Effective August 1, 2023, payments are now due at the time of submission for online license applications. 

Payment options include credit/debit card or electronic funds transfer. Registration applications do not require payment.

License Applications

ApplicationApply OnlinePrintable Version
New License Application—Dealer (Class A or Class B)ApplyDownload
New License Application—Exhibitor (Class C)ApplyDownload
Re-License ApplicationApplyDownload

Registration Applications

ApplicationApply OnlinePrintable Version
New Registration Application—Transporters (Class H or Class T)ApplyDownload
New Registration Application—Research (Class R)ApplyDownload
Registration Update ApplicationApplyDownload

Guidance Materials

Questions about applying for an AWA license or registration?

Visit Our Animal Welfare Contacts Directory