If your dog is or appears to be (AKC-recognized) purebred but is unregistered or your dog is a breed currently in AKC's Miscellaneous Class, you can get an ILP (Indefinite Listing Privilege) number to do anything but conformation and field work. The procedure for getting an ILP is as follows:

  • Write to the AKC for a form or download one from the internet at
  • Fill out the form -- it asks what the history of the dog is, where you got it, why you think it is pure-bred. Eg, a breeder's opinion that the dog is purebred, it was rescued through a breed rescue club, etc.
  • Take pictures as required by AKC......They list them on the form.
  • Have your dog neutered. This is required for all dogs that are applying for ILPs except for those in the Miscellaneous class. Include the veterinarian's certificate of neutering in with the application.
  • Mail the form, pictures, and certificate of neutering along with the fee.

You can write the AKC and request the appropriate forms at:

The American Kennel Club
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

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