Premises Identification (PID) Program

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Program Description

Premises Identification (PID), one of the pillars of traceability, links livestock and poultry to land locations or premises. Alberta’s PID Program was established to plan for, control, and prevent the spread of agricultural diseases. It is also used as an early warning system to notify animal owners of a natural disaster such as a flood or fire that could affect their animals or operations. By completing a PID Application and keeping your information up-to-date, you will take an important step in protecting your animals and those of other Alberta and Canadian producers.

Regulations requiring premises identification became law January 1, 2009 as part of the Animal Health Act. If you own a livestock animal or poultry, and that animal is kept at a premises other than a commingling site (e.g. stable), you need to apply for a PID Account and obtain at least one PID Number associated to where the animal(s) are located. If you own an animal that is only kept at locations controlled by someone else (e.g. stable) and that animal will never be kept at a premises under your care and control (e.g. farm or acreage), you are not required to register for a PID Account. However, you will need to obtain the PID Number from the operator of the site.

If you operate a commingling site (e.g. stable, community pasture, fair ground, etc.), you are required to obtain a PID Account, register all your commingling sites and provide the PID Number(s) to the users of your site(s). For more information on the PID Program, click here.

Important note: Information must be updated within 30 days of any change.

When will I need to use PID Numbers?
Animal owners will need to have a PID Number to:
  • Buy medication for your animals at retail outlets (this requirement took effect on July 1, 2014 as part of amendments to the Animal Health Act.)
  • Complete movement documents such as manifests and permits, if required, when transporting your animals.
  • Sell livestock at auction markets
  • Apply for government sponsored agriculture grants and programs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click here to view the FAQs for General PID.
Click here to view the FAQs for Purchasing Authorized Medicines.

How to Apply and Update your Account

To apply for a PID Account or to access/update it online:Click here
To apply for a PID Account or to update it by paper application:

(PID paper application forms are also available at AF Field Offices located throughout Alberta.)

Click here

For Additional Information on the PID Program Other Resources and Links
    Note: To use the Adobe versions of the Premises Identification application form, the Program Conditions, and the Program Information you must be using Adobe 5.1 or higher. The latest version of the software is available for free from this link.
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This information published to the web on September 16, 2008.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 4, 2018.