The Animal Welfare Act sets the federal standard for the care and treatment of animals in research, exhibition, and transport. Enforced by the USDA/APHIS, the act requires animal transporters to register so that their customers are guaranteed the mandatory quality of service.
If you intend to transport pets but have not yet registered with the USDA, this article will walk you through the steps you should take. The process is free of charge and fairly straightforward, bringing tangible benefits. Just as a recent example, USDA-registered transporters on CitizenShipper are shown to win their bids 13% more frequently than unregistered ones.
If you're interested in building trust and inspiring confidence in customers, here's what you should do to register with the USDA. We've streamlined the process as much as possible, so you can now send in your info in just a couple of minutes! Click here for a step-by-step video tutorial.
Step One: Fill out the application form
Click here to access the application form for registering with the USDA as a class T animal transporter.
Just enter your name, location, and contact information. Everything else has already been filled out.
Once you're done, click "finalize document".
Step Two: Send in the application form
Next, email the finalized document to firstname.lastname@example.org. To do this, simply click "share or send" in the top right of your screen, then select "send as attachment".
Make sure to enter the following subject line: "USDA Registration application – Class T – Carrier".
And now all you have to do is wait. A physical copy of your USDA certificate should arrive in the mail within a few weeks.
Step Three: Verify your certificate
Once you get your certificate in the mail, you'll be an officially registered animal transporter. All that remains is to upload it to the CitizenShipper website, so your customers will be made aware of it.
Click here to access the verification page on your CitizenShipper profile. Under "USDA verifications", you'll be prompted to upload a photo or scan of the certification you received in the mail. Once you've done that, it should be verified instantly. This adds a USDA-certified checkmark to your driver profile, informing potential customers of your officially recognized status.
And that's all there is to it! See the video tutorial below for a summary of the process.
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