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Replace Lost or Damaged Permits 

              DEER PERMITS PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER (OTC)

If you purchased a deer permit over the counter at a licensed vendor or a nonresident archery deer permit and need to replace the permit, you MUST go to a vendor and replace the permit over the counter.  

DEER PERMITS ISSUED THROUGH A LOTTERY DRAWING THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED BUT HAVE BEEN LOST OR DAMAGED

  • You will need to mail us a letter and a check made out to IDNR.
  • Your letter must include your
    • name
    • birth date
    • type of permit (firearm, muzzleloader, archery, etc.)
    • permit county and permit number(s) (if available)
    • current address and phone number 
  • check in the amount of $3.00 PER PERMIT.

Mail the letter and check to:

IDNR Permit Office
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield IL 62702-1271

Replacements will be mailed to you in 5 - 7 days from receipt.

      DEER PERMITS THAT WERE NEVER RECEIVED IN THE MAIL

Please check the Online Deer Inquiry System or the Online Turkey Inquiry System to:

  • Make sure you were issued a permit.
  • Make sure the permit(s) were sent to the correct address.

IF YOU HAVE MOVED 

  • contact us via email DNR.Permits1@illinois.gov or fax (217) 782-5016
  • Indicate that you have moved and ask IDNR to check our returned mail for your permit
    • If we received the permits back from the Post Office, they will be resent to the correct address and your record will be updated.
    • If we DID NOT receive your permits back from the Post Office you will need to do the following....
      • You will need to mail us a letter and a check made out to IDNR.
      • Your letter must include your
        • name
        • birth date
        • type of permit (firearm, muzzleloader, archery, etc.)
        • permit county and permit number(s) (if available)
        • current address and phone number 
        • a brief explanation of your issue 
        • check in the amount of $3.00 PER PERMIT.

Mail the letter and check to:

IDNR Permit Office
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield IL 62702-1271

Replacements will be mailed to you in 5 - 7 days from receipt.

IF YOU HAVE VERIFIED THAT SPRINGFIELD DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR PERMITS BACK IN THE MAIL YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS

1. call your local Regional Office to arrange replacement:

  • Region I - 2317 E. Lincolnway, Sterling IL 61081 - 815-625-2968
  • Region III - 15676 State Hwy 54, Clinton IL 61727-9360 - 217-935-6860
  • Region IV - 4521 Alton Commerce Pkwy., Alton IL 62002 - 618-462-1181
  • Region V - 11731 State Highway 37, Benton IL 62812 - 618-435-8138
  • Chicago Office - James R. Thompson Center, Suite 4-300, 100 West Randolph St., Chicago IL 60601 - 312-814-2070

2. Email us at DNR.Permits1@illinois.gov

  • Your email must include
    • your name
    • birth date
    • type of permit (firearm, muzzleloader, archery, etc.)
    • permit county and permit number(s) (if available)
    • current address and phone number 
    • a brief explanation of your issue 

3. FAX US at 217-782-5016 [ATTN: PERMIT DEPARTMENT]

  • Your fax can include your transaction receipt from online purchases
  • or a sheet of paper including
    • your name
    • birth date
    • type of permit (firearm, muzzleloader, archery, etc.)
    • permit county and permit number(s) (if available)
    • current address and phone number
    • a brief explanation of your issue
  • NO COVER SHEET NEEDED

 

NOTE: We will not call you back to verify that we received your information. If you absolutely must have verification, please indicate this in your fax or email. We will contact you if you need to pay for replacement permits.

Any questions or problems with this page? Please contact the DNR Web Staff.