Brand Inspection Required in Colorado


  • Equine Buyers BEWARE


  • Please know that in Colorado a brand inspection is required for the sale or movement of a horse, mule, or donkey even if the previous parties did not comply the last time the animal was sold or transported.
  • It does not matter if you are buying on Craigslist, from a breeder, a broker, or a rescue.
  • Please know that inspection is required regardless of whether or not the animal is branded or not branded.

It is the obligation of the SELLER of the equine to provide the brand inspection to the buyer 

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2015 brand inspection fees for donkeys increased from $15 to $37 per donkey.



Colorado Revised Statute


An inspection is required every time an animal is sold or purchased (horses, cattle, mules and donkeys) or when any change of ownership occurs, regardless of whether or not the animal is transported after or prior to the sale.



An inspection is required when livestock is to be transported over 75 miles totally within the boundaries of Colorado (some exceptions).



An inspection is required every time livestock leave the state regardless of circumstances.



Any time livestock is to be transported on a public road, proof of ownership of the stock being transported must be available for inspection by the Colorado State Patrol, local law enforcement or a livestock inspector. If the animal carries your Colorado brand, this can be your proof of ownership. Failure to show proof of title is a misdemeanor!



Any livestock crossing a state line must be accompanied by a current health certificate. Contact your local veterinarian or the state veterinarian’s office for specific information.



Failure to comply with Colorado Livestock Law is at least a Class I misdemeanor and may be a felony. $250.00 minimum fine and/or up to 90 days jail time for the first offense.




Colorado Department of Agriculture Brand Inspection Areas/Districts