Marks and Brands Information
As of March 5, 2012, Mark and Brand registrations can be filed in person at all 6 County Clerk locations. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Marks, brands and tattoos must be registered with the County Clerk in the county in which the animals reside. Once registered, all marks, brands and tattoos must be renewed every 10 years. New brands can be registered at anytime. The next 10 year registration period begins August 31, 2011 to August 31, 2021. The renewal period is Aug. 31, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012.
Owners of currently registered marks, brands and tattoos must re-register with the County Clerk between August 31, 2011 and February 29, 2012 regardless of the date of the last registration. A person, who does not re-register their brand during this 6 month period, forfeits their legal right to that brand.
The clerk's office now accepts mark and brand filings via mail, email, or fax. These registrations must be notarized before being submitted. Emailed and faxed registrations must also have credit card payment form included.
The fee to register a brand is $26.00 for the first location, and $5.00 for each additional location registered at the same time. E.g., a brand located on both the left and right shoulder is $31.00.
Brand Release and/or Transfer
Brands may be released and/or transferred. This requires a notarized affidavit signed by the current brand holder which relinquishes title of the brand to the transferee.
The clerk has the right/authority to refuse to register a brand that he or she deems too similar to a brand currently already registered. The same or similar brand may be registered in a different location on an animal. It's the clerk's duty to make sure duplicate brands are not registered in same location on an animal.
Marks & Brands FAQ
Q: What if the owner passes away and the heir wants to register the brand?
A: The heir must provide proof of will or family agreement along with death certificate.
Q: Can a minor have a registered brand?
A: Yes, however, the proper use of a brand is the parent/guardian's responsibility.