Individual identification of each animal shall be either a fully healed and legible tattoo, official metal ear tag, registration number (can only be used if the tattoo is recorded on the registration certificate or for breeds where pictures are acceptable), or individual brands, if brand is recorded on the registration certificate.

Illinois Cattle

      Illinois is a Bovine Brucellosis Class-Free State. Brucellosis testing is not required for Illinois cattle.
      Illinois is an Accredited Tuberculosis- Free State. Tuberculin testing is not required for Illinois cattle.
Please note: Illinois calves under 6 months of age, and Illinois steers are not required to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.


      1. All out-of-state cattle are to be accompanied by an entry permit.
      2. Permits are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (217) 782-4944
      1. Female cattle six (6) months of age and older and bulls eighteen (18) months of age and older shall be negative to an official test for brucellosis within thirty (30) days prior to entry, unless exempt by one (1) of the following:
        A. Originate directly from a certified brucellosis-free herd.
        B. Official vaccinates of dairy breeds under twenty (20) months of age or official vaccinates of beef breeds under twenty-four (24) months of age.
        C. Animal originated from a “Class Free” state (if entire state is so classified)
        D. Steers and spayed heifers are not required to be tested for brucellosis.
      2. The negative brucellosis test shall be conducted at a state or federal laboratory within 30 days prior to exhibition.
      1. Accredited Tuberculosis Free States
        A. No tuberculin test required. All cattle, including steers, originating from an Accredited Tuberculosis Free State, may enter Illinois for exhibition when accompanied by a CVI issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days.
      2. Non-Accredited Tuberculosis Free Areas or States (Not TB Free)
        A. Cattle must originate from a herd where a complete herd test was conducted within the past year.
        B. The individual animals entering Illinois must be negative to an additional tuberculin test conducted within 30 days prior to exhibition.
        C. Cattle that enter Illinois for exhibition and remain in Illinois (animal does not return to the state of origin within 30 days) must be isolated and retested for TB 60-120 days from the last official TB test date.