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Microchip General Information

Microchips have been utilized internationally as a safe and effective secondary means to identify horses. Microchips are not currently a requirement to register a Thoroughbred. However, when used in conjunction with other current means of identification, such as markings, genetic typing, color photographs, and lip tattoos, microchips can provide additional confidence when identifying a Thoroughbred.

Microchip Requesting
The Jockey Club offers microchips for a nominal fee. Microchips can be ordered by logging onto Interactive Registration™ and completing the request online or by calling the Registry office.

Microchips provided by The Jockey Club are USDA National Animal Identification System compliant and are in conformity with recommendations made by the International Stud Book Committee. The Jockey Club recommends shipping microchips to the address where the horse is located and will only ship to an address associated with a premises identification number (PIN) issued by the appropriate state or tribal animal health authority. To obtain a PIN, please register your premises with the state or tribal animal health authority in the state where your premises is located. To find out more about the NAIS or to register your premises, please visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability and contact your state vet’s office. Depending upon your state, premises registration may be available on-line at their individual website. Please note, the address where the microchip will be mailed and the address registered with the premises must match.

Microchip Reporting and Horse Lookup
Microchip reporting is provided free of charge as a convenience for owners, breeders and their agents to report microchip numbers implanted into Thoroughbreds. Domestic Thoroughbreds must have a minimum of a Live Foal Report on file with The Jockey Club in order to report a microchip. Foreign Thoroughbreds must have completed Foreign Registration (Import) before a microchip can be reported.

    Reporting
    Microchip numbers can be reported only via The Jockey Club’s Interactive Registration™ (IR). Log on to IR and click on the Microchip Requesting, Reporting & Lookup banner under the Quick Links section to the left of the page and follow the simple step-by-step instructions. To view a tutorial of reporting a microchip, please click here. For assistance in reporting a live foal to The Jockey Club, please click here.

    Horse Lookup
    If the microchip number is known, the name (if named), year of birth, dam’s name, gender and color of a Thoroughbred with a microchip number reported to The Jockey Club may be retrieved. Log on to IR and click on the Microchip Requesting, Reporting & Lookup banner under the Quick Links section to the left of the page and follow the simple step-by-step instructions. The user must enter the microchip number to retrieve the identification information for the Thoroughbred; microchip numbers will not be given based on information given about a specific Thoroughbred.
Helpful Links
To find out more about the NAIS or to register your premises, please visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability and contact your state vet’s office. Depending upon your state, premises registration may be available on-line at their individual website. Remember, microchips will be mailed only to the address associated with a valid PIN. NO EXCEPTIONS.

To learn more about the microchips offered by The Jockey Club please click here.

Microchips supplied by The Jockey Club can be read with an ISO 11785 compliant microchip reader. For more information on ISO 11785 compliant readers, please check with your veterinarian or veterinary supplier.


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