Take a Pet From One U.S. State or Territory to Another (Interstate)

Last Modified: June 21, 2024
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When you travel with a pet, your destination State or Territory may have animal health requirements, such as obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administering treatments. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your local veterinarian to help with the pet travel process.

Find U.S. State and Territory Requirements

APHIS doesn't regulate the interstate movement of pets by their owners. Domestic movement requirements are set by the receiving State or Territory. To learn more about the requirements for moving your pet to another State or Territory, select your destination State or Territory from the list below. 

If you have questions or need clarification on any of the requirements, or your destination State or Territory is not in the list, please contact the State animal health official for that State or Territory.

APHIS does regulate businesses that transport pets on behalf of pet owners. Learn more about activities that require a USDA license or registration.