Importing Cervids from Outside Wisconsin

​Importing deer, elk, and other cervids into Wisconsin requires an import permit number and a current certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) which includes documentation of tuberculosis and brucellosis testing, and participation in a state-recognized chronic wasting disease (CWD) program for at least 5 years. 


  • Permits are obtained by the veterinarian representing the person selling the cervids to a Wisconsin buyer.
  • Permit processing hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Complete the cervid permit application and fax it along with the completed certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) to (608) 224-4871 or scan the documents and email them to If the application is incomplete, staff will identify what is missing so you can correct or complete the application. When everything is in order, a state veterinarian will issue a permit number, and the number will be faxed or emailed back to you. Please write the permit number on all copies of the CVI prior to shipment of the animals.
  • It is essential to plan ahead and allow time for processing. It make take a day or two for review and follow-ups to be made. For fastest processing time, please make sure all paperwork is complete before submitting. Permits are not issued after business hours or on weekends.
  • For more information on the cervid import process, please call the import coordinator at (608) 224-4874 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • For cervid imports from Canada, please call the USDA Import/Export Center at (301) 851-3300 for requirements


Farm-raised deer imported directly to slaughter must be tested for CWD under the testing standards established by the state of origin.

For cervids imported direct to slaughter, you can use either a state-issued certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) or the federal form VS 1-27. Each form has different requirements.

The VS 1-27 can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If you are using a CVI, the following are required:

If you are using a VS 1-27, the following are required:

  • Import permit number -- complete and fax or email the cervid import permit application form along with the VS 1-27 
  • Two forms of approved individual identification for each animal, at least one of which is official ID
  • The seller's name, address and premises code (if any)
  • The destination facility's name and address
  • Signatures from the issuing veterinarian (include the expiration date and time), owner or shipper and a representative at the slaughter facility
  • No additional veterinary statements required