Transporting Livestock into Hawaii and Intra-State

For information on Foot-and-Mouth Disease, link to the USDA website.

Hawaii is a class-free State for brucellosis, tuberculosis and pseudorabies.

The following general and special requirements are provided:

  • A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is required for ALL animals arriving in Hawaii. The certificate must be signed by a State, Federal, or accredited veterinarian; it must be seven or fewer days old; and must attest that all requirements have been fulfilled. CVI must include the physical address or location for the point of origin of movement, and the physical address or location for the point of destination.
  • See Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Requirements under Swine
  • *Vesicular Stomatitis:  

The following statement is to appear on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for all livestock entering Hawaii originating from states affected with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) for the duration of the VS outbreaks.

“I have examined all the animals identified on this certificate within 72 hours of shipment date and found them to be free from signs of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). During the last thirty (30) days, these animals have not been exposed to VS nor located on a VS confirmed or a VS suspected premises.”


Requirements for Importing Livestock to Hawaii

Select one of the following for more information and import requirements for a particular species:

Any exception to these requirements must have the prior approval of the Hawaii State Veterinarian or his approved staff veterinarian.

National database for Interstate Transport of Livestock:


Requirements for Intra-State Transport of Livestock

Movement of livestock within Hawaii utilizes two documents to aid in animal disease traceability.

The Certificate of Livestock Ownership/Movement (DC-44) is a form that accompanies all movements of livestock.  Established in 1986 to assist law enforcement with investigations of livestock rustling and is provided to an officer upon request.  (HRS 142-29).

  • Paper forms are still available by contacting the Animal Industry Division (contact info below). Paper forms must be returned to the Animal Industry Division.
  • Harvest plants will request a copy of the form when livestock are presented.
  • Inter-island transport companies, such as Young Bros. will request copies to accompany shipment.

The Permit to Ship (DC-8) is a form used specifically to permit movement of livestock or products that are quarantined due to significant animal disease.

  • This form is only available in hardcopy form and is obtained by contacting the Animal Industry Division (contact info below).
  • Owners are required to provide movement information and animal descriptions. The multi-carbon document is only valid when signed by a Veterinary Medical Officer and issued by the Animal Industry Division.
  • The requirement for obtaining a Permit to Ship is communicated to operations through a quarantine hold order.

For questions regarding intra-state movement of livestock contact the Animal Industry Division:


For additional information:

During office hours, for livestock, semen and embryos, & non-domestic animals call (808) 483-7113.

For information on dogs and cats, go to:  rabies quarantine information.

For birds, poultry, rabbits and other pets call (808) 837-8092 or click here to email

For emergency provisions, after hours, or on weekends, call (808) 837-8092.

Link to Animal Disease Control Branch information