New Mexico Livestock Board


The every-three-year renewal period for livestock brands has been completed. This means that brands with a 2014 expiration date are now considered expired, and those brand owners may not ship livestock with those brands. You may bring them up-to-date now by clicking the "Renew your Brand" button on the right. It will step you through the process of renewing. If you prefer to print a form and send it in with a check, click here for the form.  Using either method, you can now register for 3,6,9 or 12 years at once to avoid going though this process every three years.

Brands that expired in 2008 are now considered terminated. This means that they cannot be renewed, and those images are no longer considered when researching brands for conflicts. Those brand owners who wish to renew with that image must start over apply for it as a new brand. 

Brands that expired in 2011 remain in an expired state, but are not terminated until 2017.  This means that they are still considered to be existing brands when we are researching new brand images, but livestock with those brands will not pass inspection and will not be allowed to be shipped.  To renew these brands, you must pay both for the lapsed renewal period and the current renewal period, a total of $200.

Brand books are sold out.  The 2015 brand books will be available by Spring or Summer of 2015.


It is unlawful for a person to use a brand on livestock in New Mexico without first recording the brand with the New Mexico Livestock Board. A brand registration certificate confers on the person to whom it is issued the right to use the recorded brand on an animal at a given location (left hip, right hip, left rib, etc.) until the registration expires, is transferred, or is forfeited. New Mexico Recorded Brands may be used statewide.

A brand may be registered by filing an application for approval with the New Mexico Livestock Board at 300 San Mateo, NE, Suite 1000, Albuquerque, NM 87108. The brand recording fee is $100 and must accompany the application. The fee is subject to change. The payment of the fee for recording a brand confers on the owner of the brand the right to use it until the end of the re-record period in which the brand is recorded.


Ownership of a brand is a property right and may be sold and transferred. The fee for the transfer of a brand is $100. The fee is subject to change.  If brand ownership is transferred during a rerecord period, the transfer fee is waived and a single fee of $100 per three-year registration period is charged.  The 2014 rerecord period was completed in October, and the next rerecord period begins in the summer of 2017, so there is currently a separate charge for all brand transfers. 

In the event of a registration transfer, the brand shall not be used until the New Mexico Livestock Board has recorded the transfer. Once the transfer is recorded, the new owner will receive a certificate of brand in the form of a wallet card.

Brands may not be transferred online. Click Here to print a brand transfer form to begin the process.

Click the links below for our forms in PDF format
Cattle and/or Horse Brand Application
Sheep and/or Goat Brand Application
Brand Transfer Form
Holding Brand Application Form
Estray Claim Form
Livestock Bill of Sale
Cattle and Horse Missing\Stolen Report
Sheep and Goat Missing\Stolen Report
Print a Change Of Address, Brand Image, Or Earmark Form
Brand Exemption Application

Follow the link below and click on the map where you need the inspection. You will be given a list of inspectors and their phone numbers.

Click Here to Schedule an Inspection

Anyone desiring to move or transport livestock from one district to another, or beyond the limits of this state, except as provided in Section 77-9-42, NMSA 1978 and in 21 NMAC 32.2.11, must first notify the inspector in their district (see Employee Directory) within a reasonable period of time of the intention to move the livestock. The inspector shall set a time and location for inspection of such livestock and, upon inspection, shall issue the necessary certificate for livestock movement.

Effective September 15, 2010, the following are the inspection charges for services of the New Mexico Livestock Board, pursuant to Sections 77-2-29 and 77-2-2, NMSA 1978:

Service Charge for Form 1 one-way movement field inspections and Form 2 hide inspections

1 head and up is $10.00 per certificate/per species in addition to fees below for each species:
*Cattle & Bison $ 0.50 per head
*Equine $ 0.50 per head
*Hides $ 0.50 per hide
*Sheep & Goat $ 0.16 per head
*Pelts $ 0.12 per head

1-H (permanent equine hauling card)
$35.00 ($ 25.00 permit + $ 10.00 service chg)

1-HA (annual equine permit hauling card with two transfers of ownership)
$25.00 ($ 15 permit + $ 10.00 service charge)
*expires annually


Effective July 1st, 2011 The brand rerecord fee was increased from $75 to $100 for the 3-year period. New brand applications and brand registration transfers are also $100.



In 1598, The hot iron brand was first introduced into New Mexico by Don Juan de Oñate

He trailed 7,000 head of branded cattle from the Mexican State of Chihuahua to "San Juan De Los Caballeros," near present day Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ref: Ganaderia en Chihuahua, August 2003, Dr. Luis Raul Manini Chavez.


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