Brands Program

Brand Search

Search for brands by brand code characters (letters, symbols and/or numbers), location on the animal, or the status of the brand, which is either "active" (currently registered in Kansas) or "available." You may also search for an active brand by the owner/company name or county.

This database contains brands that have been previously created. If a brand is listed as "available," it may have been previously registered. If a brand you are searching for does not exist in the database, contact the Brand Program at (785) 564-6609 to determine if it can be created.

Actively registered brands are held by the owner for five years, at which time they can either be renewed, transferred or canceled. Each calendar year ending in the number "9" or "4" has a larger number of brands for renewal than other years.

Brands can be registered in any of six locations: left hip, right hip, left rib, right rib, left shoulder or right shoulder. The brand must include at least two identifiable characters, and we discourage lowercase letters or brands that contain a character within a closed area.

Request Historic Brand Applications

KDA is making available historic brand applications dating back to 1939. These documents,the original applications used to register brands in Kansas, are an important piece of history, not only for Kansas, but also for the family legacies touched by brands.

The documents are now stored as digital images, reducing storage space and reference time.

Brand Apps
The paper brand applications will be distributed for a limited time on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the Historic Kansas Brand Application Request Form with as much information as possible about the brand application, including the original applicant’s name and an image of the brand. Mail or email the completed request to the address listed at the bottom of the form.

For a copy of the Historic Kansas Brand Application Request Form, click here.

Kansas Brand Book

Electronic 2015 Kansas Brand Book 


View the 2015 Kansas Brand Book.
Click on the title to open the PDF, complete with statutes and regulations, helpful information about brands and branding, and a complete list of registered Kansas brands.

Brand Book Orders

2008 Brand Book

2008 Brand Book - $20.00

2008 Brand CD with 5 supplements - $15.00

Order form available here


2003 Brand Book

2003 Brand Book - $15.00 

Order form available here.

History of Brands in Kansas

Brands are markings used to identify livestock. The brand division maintains a brand registry of more than 17,000 brands and assists with the market brand inspection program, which is performed by contract. A special investigator assists local law enforcement with lost, stray and stolen livestock, coordinating investigations between agencies and victims.

Animal brands have been a visual means of identification throughout history. Starting from the time of the open range to the present, branding has assisted in showing ownership of livestock throughout Kansas.

The original open-fire method was practical in the beginning, followed by the electric iron and then advancing to the freeze-branding method. In Kansas, both the hot and freeze brand methods are recognized. Through registration of a livestock brand in the brands program, this means of identity continues to play a special part in the livestock industry and its history.

Brand Inspection

Map of Kansas Brand Counties
Brand inspection is not mandatory in Kansas. Brand inspection shall be performed in areas designated as brand inspection areas, provided funds for inspection are available. Brand inspection may also be performed upon request. Currently, three counties - Kearny, Wichita and Hamilton - participate in the county option brand inspection program, and six livestock markets contract with the department for inspection services.