Deceased Equines

Deceased Equines

In the event of the death of your horse, the passport must be returned to the original Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) within 30 days.

If your horse’s passport was issued by the HPA, please return this to the HPA Office with a covering letter detailing the date and cause of death.

The HPA are happy to return passports if owners would like to keep the document for sentimental reasons. Please ensure that you make it clear in your covering letter that you would like to have the passport returned to you, and enclose an SAE with the correct postage paid.

Every PIO must comply fully with equine identification legislation. Therefore please be aware that when you receive your returned horse’s passport, each page will be stamped as ‘deceased’ and a corner will be cut off to display the invalidity of the passport.


If your horse is euthanased at an abattoir, the passport must accompany the horse. In these instances the slaughter house personnel are responsible for returning the passport to the correct PIO with the relevant notification.


There is no charge for this service.
If you would like your horse’s passport to be returned, please enclose an SAE with the correct postage for the envelope size used.

Processing Time

The administration updates will be completed within 10 working days.