Valid Health Certificate.  A certificate of veterinary inspection and entry permit are not required for Illinois equine. Illinois equine traveling out of the State, for 30 consecutive days or less, on an Illinois certificate of veterinary inspection are not required to obtain a permit to return home. If, however, Illinois equine are out of the State longer than 30 days (i.e., boarding, training), a certificate of veterinary inspection issued by the state where the animal has been residing and an entry permit will be required. Once an animal has been out of the State longer than 30 days, it is no longer recognized as being an Illinois native animal. All equine entering Illinois for any reason other than slaughter must be accompanied by a negative test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) conducted within a year if the animal is more than one year of age, certificate of veterinary inspection issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry, and an entry permit number issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. 

Coggins Test.  Horses racing in Illinois must have a negative ELISA test (Coggins test) for equine infectious anemia (EIA) done at least once every 12 months. A current negative test certificate from a laboratory, approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, must be on file with the Racing Secretary. Trainers or owners shall not enter or start a horse unless the horse has a current negative Coggins test certificate on file with the Racing Secretary. Trainers or owners that do so shall be fined pursuant to the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975. Horses having a positive Coggins test must be removed from the race track under the direction of the State Veterinarian. 

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1).  All horses, including ponies, entering or stabling on the grounds of any pari-mutuel racetrack in Illinois shall have documented proof of EHV-1 vaccination administered within the prior 180 days. No entries shall be accepted by the Racing Secretary without documented proof of a current EHV-1 vaccination.


Racing Office618-345-4300 ext 132
Racing Office Fax618-345-2174
Racing SecretaryRoger J. Duff