General Information

Equine ID Passports

The HPA Passport Office issues passports to polo ponies. The HPA is not a breed society so cannot display parentage in the passport, but does keep a record on the HPA database.

For the purpose of the information contained on our website ‘horse’ refers to polo ponies or thoroughbreds.

The HPA are only able to make changes to passports that were originally issued by the Society. Please ensure you contact the correct Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) as all non-HPA passports or application forms received will be immediately returned to the sender. Details of authorised PIOs are available from Defra.

You do not have to be a member of the HPA to obtain a passport or to complete any updates on a HPA passport.

Please see the links below for more information about the services available for HPA passports. A list of frequently asked questions is available for specific issues regarding passports. If you need any additional information, please contact the HPA Office on 01367 242828 or email

Each specific service details the time that it will take for the HPA Passport Office to complete the process. A fast track service is available. Fast Track applications cost additional and will be processed within one working day. If the application form is received before 12pm the passport can be returned the next working day. Please be aware that incorrect paperwork can cause delays. The HPA cannot be held responsible for any passports that are lost or damaged in the post.

The HPA has issued over 18,000 passports. Over this time the front cover of the passport has been amended three times. All HPA passports remain valid if they contain a Unique Equine Life Number (826052HPA******). To help identify an HPA passport, the three cover versions are below:

Old HPA Blue Passport Cover
HPA White Passport Cover
Current HPA Passport
  • The most up-to-date version is the pale blue and cream passport, which is bound together using two rivets and has three bar-codes on the front page.
  • All pages contained within the passport have ‘Basic Identification’ written in the background diagonally across the pages. Any pages which do not carry this watermark were not issued by the HPA and suggest that the passport has been tampered with. This should be reported to Trading Standards.

Contact the HPA Passport Office


Telephone: 01367242828

Address: HPA, Manor Farm, Little Coxwell, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7LW