Every two years a certain percentage of brands expire December 31st and are flagged for renewal. The next renewal grace period begins January 1, 2019 and runs through March 1, 2019. The first renewal notice will be sent out in October 2018, and fees can be paid at that time. Renewal Notices will be sent to the last known address listed on your brand record.
Brand application fee must be submitted along with
application. Brand research time can take up to eight weeks. The
fee for a brand is $165.00 for one species and $82.50 for each
additional species. If the brand you apply for is available we
will send you an offer letter on the locations available. If no
locations are available we will send a disallow letter asking for
more choices to be submitted. If you do not desire any other
brand at that time a refund of 70% of the brand
application will be processed. The species that can be applied
for are cattle, horses/mules, sheep and buffalo. When a New Brand is issued, that brand will automatically be scheduled for the next renewal period. This is done so the brand can be assigned a renewal year and placed on the 10 year renewal program.
APPLYING FOR AN ABANDONED BRAND
Brand application fee of $330 must be submitted along with the brand application. Abandoned Brands are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please write the Brand ID# on the application so we are sure to review the correct brand. Brand research is usually 1-3 days. Abandoned Brands are sold "As Is". The image and branding locations cannot be changed. Brands with dual branding locations will not be reissued; i.e. LR&HC. Brands with solid dots or single letters/numbers will not be reissued. Earmarks ONLY can be added/changed/removed. The Abandoned Brand list is available for review under "Quick Links".
BRANDING IRON GUIDELINES
A brand is personal property that can be transferred to another party as long as all the paperwork has been submitted correctly. There are instructions on the back of the Bill of Sale/Transfer form explaining the different scenarios' and instructions for transferring a brand. The fee for change of ownership is $110.00.
The state began recording brands in 1909, prior to that brands were registered by County. A brand history consists of copies of the three by five cards that were used to record brands prior to computers. The cost of a brand history is $22.50 per brand for the research even if no brand records are found. Brand records prior to 1909 may be found at the Wyoming State Archives.
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