5 Things to Remember When Transferring Horse Ownership

Photo by Kathryn Anne Saunders an entry in the 2017 USDF Arts Contest

When buying or selling a horse, it’s important to learn about transferring ownership to the new owner. Here are five important things to remember as you go through this process.

  1. USDF does not accept the signature of an agent to transfer ownership of a horse.
  2. The process of transferring ownership requires the signatures of the previous owner on file with USDF. If there is more than one previous owner, signatures from both parties are necessary.  The USDF registration certificate can be used to complete the transfer. The new owner needs to complete the ownership information on the back of the certificate and have the previous owner(s) sign the certificate.  If the USDF certificate is not available, the USDF office needs a document (i.e., bill of sale or breed papers) indicating both the previous and new owner(s). The transfer of ownership form needs to be completed and sent with the document.  If you are unable to obtain the signature(s) of the previous owner(s), USDF offers the Transfer of Ownership Form II, which must be notarized.
  3. USDF allows a minor to be the recorded owner of a horse.  If the previous owner of your horse was a minor, the minor’s signature is required on the bill of sale or transfer portion of the horse’s certificate.  USDF will not accept a guardian’s/parent’s signature on behalf of a minor.
  4. A transfer of ownership cannot be submitted on the USDF website.  Transfer documentation and payment must be submitted to USDF via mail or fax.
  5. Check the USDF website for the current transfer of ownership fee and remember that the horse’s ownership will not be effective in the new owner’s name until the appropriate transfer documentation and fee have been received by USDF.


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