How to obtain an ILP Number
contributed by Janice Steele.

This document provides practical suggestions and information on obtaining an ILP (Indefinite Listing Privilege) number from the AKC (American Kennel Club). Either an ILP or AKC number is required in order for a hound to compete in many of the ASFA or AKC sanctioned events. In particular, an ILP number allows an adopted, former, racing greyhound to participate in the lure coursing competitions.

Copies of the ILP application form are available from the AKC or the MAHA document archives. The following are highlights from the ILP Application.

  • An ILP number is not the equivalent of an AKC registration, but enables an owner to enter the dog in obedience trials, tracking tests, herding and lure coursing events.
  • An ILP number will be issued only if the dog in question has been spayed or neutered.
  • There is a fee of $25.

Rather than repeat the information on the ILP form, the following example illustrates the ILP process for a former racing greyhound. Note: An ILP application does not require the prior owner’s signature.

To contact the AKC for forms or questions call (212) 696-8200.

The National Greyhound Association has most of the required information. When contacting the NGA, have ready the tattoo number from your greyhound’s ear (the five digit number, not the birth year). The NGA will provide a five generation pedigree for a cost of $15. In addition ask for the breeder’s name and address. Contact the NGA at:

National Greyhound Association
PO Box 543
Abilene, KS 67410
(913) 263-4660

Also, you will need to know the name of the organization and its address that provided the greyhound adoption service. For example, several of our members adopted from Greyhound Friends, Inc.

Lastly you will need to answer a few questions (suggested responses shown below), include photos of the dog and proof of spay/neuter.

Here are two of the tough questions from the application with good answers.

(5) State your reason(s) for considering the dog to be a pure-bred specimen of its breed.

(A5) name is a retired racing greyhound adopted from adoption service. name is registered with the National Greyhound Association (NGA). The NGA has verified name's breed and supplied me with a five-year pedigree with I have enclosed.

(6) Describe in detail why the dog cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club.

(A6) Although name is a pure-bred greyhound, name and his forbearers are all registered with a registry other than the AKC (the NGA registry). name is spayed/neutered.