Equine Semen/Embryo Import Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
Allows semen from stallions or embryos from mares to be imported into Washington after meeting import testing requirements.
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Department of Agriculture
What activities require this permit?
Persons who want to obtain semen or embryos from out of the state to artificially inseminate their mares.
How much will this permit cost?
No cost for this permit.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Equine Semen/Embryo Import Permit' is online and can be accessed at https://agr.wa.gov/forms-and-publications/forms/animal-health-forms.
Do I need to include anything with my application?
A negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA or Coggins) test.
Is the decision on my permit dependent on anything besides the information in my application?
Positive test results may stop a permit from being issued.
How long will it take to review my application?
The average response time, based on 2018 data, is 1 day after receipt of a completed application and all required test results.
Where do I submit my application?
Fax: 360-902-2087 Email: ahealth@agr.wa.gov Mail: WSDA - Animal Health Program          PO Box 42577          Olympia, WA 98504-2577
How long is my permit valid?
12 months
What is the appeal process for the permit?
Upon notice by the Department to deny, revoke, or suspend a license, a person may request a hearing under chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedures Act.
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2020-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1

(Summary results based on 6 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL: https://agr.wa.gov/services/licenses-permits-and-certificates/summary-descriptions/equine-semen-embryo-permit
Helpdesk phone: (360) 902-1878
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 902-1878
Subject matter expert email: ahealth@agr.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Animal Services Division
1111 Washington Street SE
PO Box 42577
Olympia, WA 98504-2577
Telephone: (360) 902-1878
Fax: (360) 902-2092
Email: ahealth@agr.wa.gov
Website: http://agr.wa.gov
* Permit information last updated 7/7/2020