July 29, 2013
When to pick up the pieces and when to start from scratch.
AQHA has certain policies regarding lost or damaged registration certificates. And there’s a big difference between duplicating and replacing! The main difference is money. And we’re all looking for ways to save money these days. A replacement certificate requires the old certificate and a $15 fee. A duplicate certificate requires a form, pictures, current membership and a $30 fee. So when can you replace rather than duplicate?
A tale that comes to mind with regards to the need for a new certificate. An AQHA member called in, asking what steps she needed to take to receive a new registration certificate. You see, her dog had eaten her horse’s certificate – or most of it anyways. (Yes, it’s true!) This customer needed to submit a replacement request. The steps to correct/replace a registration certificate are listed below:
- Don’t throw away what’s left of the certificate.
- Make sure you can see either the horse’s registered name or number. (If not, you’ll need to file for a duplicate.)
- Mail what’s left of your old certificate to AQHA with a $15 replacement fee. It’s also a good idea to include a note telling AQHA what needs to be done with the certificate.
- A current AQHA membership is not required to file a certificate replacement request.
It’s that easy! Now, sometimes there’s no way around it. If your pooch swallowed all but the upper right-hand corner (we heartily request that you do not follow him around with a bucket afterwards…), you just cannot find that certificate or your brother-in-law came to visit and really needed kindling for the fireplace, then you need to file for a duplicate:
- Fill out an AQHA affidavit for duplicate certificate.
- Snap five photos of your horse.
- Make sure your AQHA membership is current and mail it in with a $30 fee.
Both are just about as easy as they can be to accomplish, plus help you and AQHA keep records current! Have questions or a funny story about one of your horse’s papers? Share your story below.