About Recording a Brand

  Recording a brand 

Download Brand Application  Branding is very important to prove ownership of livestock.  Each brand is individual to the position on the animal. Brands must be used exactly as pictured on the brand card in the exact location. Livestock sold or consigned any other way than how the brand is recorded will cause the brand inspector to hold proceeds of the sale. Do not order branding irons until you receive your brand card.


How to submit a brand application.   

Complete and sign the application.  You can submit three brand choices in order of preference on the application. Brands are screened for conflicts with other brands in the same position for the same species.

Anyone listed on the application must sign it before submitting it.  The recording fee is $25 per position per species. (ex. one position on cattle = $25, one position on cattle and one position on horses = $50.)

Applications may be submitted by mail or in person to the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, 4520 Ottawa St., Bismarck, N.D., 58503. 

Positions: Cattle: shoulder, rib and hip                                                                

                 Horses and mules: shoulder, hip and jaw

                 Swine and sheep: shoulder, hip, jaw and back

                 Buffalo: hip or rib

                 Sheep and goats: jaw or ear


How to make ownership changes on a brand.  

Download Brand Transfer Form

Additional forms for transfer. (The transfer form will include if you need any of these forms.)

* Request for Removal of Decedent

* Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property

* Brand Bill of Sale (additional space)


How long is a brand certificate good for?

Brands must be renewed every five years as required by law. Current brands recorded will expire Jan. 1, 2026. 

Can I freeze brand?  

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, freeze brands are now considered legal proof of ownership on cattle in North Dakota, just as they already are on horses and mules.

How do I get a duplicate brand certificate? 

Submit request and $5 per certificate to 4520 Ottawa St., Bismarck, ND 58503.


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