From: Murrieta, CA, USA
To: Ellicott City, MD, USA
Pets: Daisy (Dog, Basset Hound, 8 years, 35 or so pounds) Delilah (Dog, French Bulldog, 3 1/2 years, 25 or so pounds) Yeonan (Cat, Scottish Fold, 2 years)
My family is moving from Southern California to Maryland in about a week and a half. Are there any states along the way which will require any documentation for them other than shot records and a certificate of good health?
First, we applaud your conscientiousness as a pet owner! Relocating can be complicated business, and it's always wise to be well-prepared.
Since you're driving and not crossing any international borders, you should be fine with the documents you mentioned. It's actually unlikely you'll need to show a health certificate anywhere along the way, but it's a good idea to have your pets up to date on their rabies vaccines and to keep their health and identification tags properly displayed.
When traveling, we recommend microchips as well (even though they're not required). Here's a quick checklist for pet road trips
covering anything else that might be worth considering.
Please let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck with your relocation!