Premises Identification Number (PIN)

Tracing livestock and poultry movements during a disease emergency is critical for controlling and eradicating the disease locally or nationally. This process is only successful if animals and their origins and destinations are properly identified and recorded.

What is a Premises?

What is considered a "premises"? A premises is any physical location where livestock and poultry animals are managed and includes all locations where livestock are born, raised, marketed or exhibited.

  • A PIN or a location identifier (LID) is a unique number that is permanently assigned to a single physical location known as a premises.
  • A premises is any physical location where livestock or poultry are managed, or other locations associated with animal agriculture such as feed stores, feed mills, livestock markets or exhibitions.
  • If a business holds livestock or poultry in more than one location, each location should have a unique PIN.
  • A PIN or LID is validated with a 911 address or GPS coordinates. GPS coordinates are necessary in the case of a pasture with no buildings or a barn with no postal address.
  • PIN registration is managed by each state. PINs can be used by animal health officials to quickly and precisely identify where animals are located in the event of a disease or food safety emergency.

Producers and processors are encouraged to validate their PIN with their state animal health officials (SAHO) to ensure their data accurately represents the location of the animals, and not a residence mailbox or business affiliated with the animal premises. Validated PINs will speed up communication and response time during an outbreak. (Secure Milk Supply, p. 5-6)

Quick Facts About a PIN

  • One PIN is assigned for a location regardless of the types of animals on the premises.
  • The PIN is a permanent number and will not change if a premises is sold.
  • PINs are used by animal health officials for animal disease traceability and emergency response.
  • PINs are required by producers to request movement permits during a disease outbreak or to apply for indemnity.

A PIN is not the same as a Location Identification Number (LID):

  • An LID is also a location-based numbering system for livestock and poultry operations.
  • It is used by states for traceability and emergency disease response.
  • An LID is issued by states only but not every state manages LIDs.

How to Acquire a PIN

Aerial view of a red barn in Vermont surrounded by green fields on a sunny day.

All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands issue PINs. A livestock or poultry producer can contact their department of agriculture, either by phone or filling out an online application, to register. To register for a PIN, producers should be prepared to provide information that includes:

  • Name of entity or company.
  • Contact information for the owner or other appropriate individual.
  • Type of operation.
  • Street address, city, state, and ZIP code.
  • Telephone number.
  • Latitude and longitude if needed.
  • Species of livestock and/or poultry if needed.

Note: The number of livestock is not required to register for a PIN. Only whether livestock are present, or that the premises is involved with the livestock industry, is recorded.

U.S. State Contacts for a Premises ID

If you do not have a PIN, find your state in the list below and either call or visit the state website for information on how to acquire a PIN.

State Number Person to ask for Website Link
Alabama 334-240-7253 PIN person Alabama premises ID website
Alaska 907-375-8215 PIN person
Arizona 602-542-4293 PIN person Arizona premises ID website
Arkansas 501-225-1598 PIN person Arkansas premises ID website
California 916-900-5002 Assistant govt. program analyst California premises ID website
Colorado 303-869-9130 PIN person Colorado premises ID website
Connecticut 860-713-2504 CT NAIS Program Coord. Connecticut premises ID website
Delaware 302-698-4500 Inspector Delaware premises ID website
Florida 850-410-0900 PIN registration Florida premises ID website
Georgia 404-473-1014 Office Associate Georgia premises ID website
Hawaii 808-483-7100 PIN person Hawaii premises ID website
Idaho 208-332-8540 Traceability Coordinator Idaho premises ID website
Illinois 217-782-4944 Traceability Coordinator Illinois premises ID website
Indiana 317-544-2400 PIN person Indiana premises ID website
Iowa 888-778-7675 Program Planner Iowa premises ID website
Kansas 785-564-6601 PIN person Kansas premises ID website
Kentucky 502-573-0282 ADT Program Coord. Kentucky premises ID website
Louisiana 225-925-3980 Asst. State Veterinarian Louisiana premises ID website
Maryland 410-841-5810 Inspector Maryland premises ID website
Massachusetts 617-626-1797 Animal Disease Traceability Coord. MA premises ID website
Maine 207-287-3701 Office Associate Maine premises ID website
Michigan 989-785-5616 Licensing Personnel Michigan premises ID website
Minnesota 651-296-2942 PIN person Minnesota premises ID website
Mississippi 601-359-1170 Animal ID Coordinator MS premises ID website
Missouri 573-751-3377 Licensing Personnel MO premises ID website
Montana 406-444-1587 Program Specialist Montana premises ID website
Nebraska 402-471-2351 PIN person Nebraska premises ID website
Nevada 775-738-8076 PIN person Nevada premises ID website
New Hampshire 603-271-2404 Online/PIN department NH premises ID website
New Jersey 609-671-6400 PIN person NJ premises ID form
New Mexico 505-841-6161 PIN person
New York 518-457-3971 Office Assistant
North Carolina 919-707-3250 PIN person North Carolina premises ID website
North Dakota 701-328-2655 Animal ID Coordinator North Dakotal premises ID website
Ohio 614-728-6220 PIN person Ohio premises ID website
Oklahoma 405-522-6124 PIN person OK premises ID form
Oregon 503-986-4681 Livestock ID Oregon premises ID website
Pennsylvania 717-787-4250 PIN person Pennsylvania premises ID website
Rhode Island 401-222-2781 PIN registration
South Carolina 803-726-7812 PIN person South Carolina premises ID website
South Dakota 605-773-3321 PIN person South Dakota premises ID website
Tennessee 615-837-5120 PIN person Tennessee premises ID website
Texas 1-800-550-8242 ext. 773 Permits person Texas premises ID website
Utah 801-982-2239 PIN person Utah premises ID website
Vermont 802-828-2421 Admin. Service Coord. Vermont premises ID website
Virginia 804-692-0600 PIN person Virginia premises ID website
Washington 360-725-5493 PIN person Washington premises ID website
West Virginia 304-558-2214 PIN person West Virginia premises ID website
Wisconsin 888-808-1910 WI Livestock ID Consortium Wisconsin premises ID website
Wyoming 307-777-7515 PIN person Wyoming premises ID website
Puerto Rico 787-796-1650 Dir. of Veterinary Services