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Veterinary Public Health Section

Pet Importation & Exportation for Dogs & Cats

Interstate Pet Importation

California Entrance Requirements for Dogs:

All domestic dogs must be healthy. Dogs over four (4) months of age must have a certificate of current rabies vaccination. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, is not required for privately owned dogs being brought into the State of California. Persons bringing dogs into California with intent to sell or transfer ownership must have a health certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian within the 10 days prior to the date of importation. The person seeking to bring a dog into the state must send a copy of the health certificate to the county health department in the county in which the dog is to be sold or in the county of residence of the person who is receiving the dog. All persons transporting dogs via commercial air should call the airline for any additional requirements they might have.

California Entrance Requirements for Cats: 

All domestic cats must be healthy. Neither a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, nor a rabies vaccination is required to import a cat into California; however, if traveling into California via airplane, please call the airline as they may have additional requirements.


Interstate Pet Exportation

The United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals (APHIS Form 7001) is the certificate that California accredited licensed veterinarians complete prior to the interstate exportation of dogs and cats.

For state-specific information regarding the movement of pets from California to other U.S.States or Territories, click on the destination below:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, ArkansasColorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, MontanaNebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South DakotaTennessee, Texas, UtahVermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, WisconsinWyoming


International Pet Importation

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) governs the international importation of dogs and cats. Please visit the CDC website for more detailed information.


International Pet Exportation

Please visit the USDA website for detailed information about this process.​​

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