The Conservation Permit Card, which looks like a credit card, provides a durable alternative to carrying your permits in paper or electronic form while in the field. As new permits are purchased they are automatically loaded onto the card and are able to be verified electronically by a Conservation Agent.
The Permit Card costs $2.00 and does not expire. For that added personalized touch, you are able to select from one of four nature-inspired backgrounds to have printed on the Permit Card.
Active permits are able to be verified by going online to mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, using the MO Hunting or MO Fishing applications, at a permit vendor, or by contacting a public MDC office.
The Permit Card will cover all privilege types with the following exceptions.
- Daily Trout Tags which are only available for purchase at one Missouri’s four trout parks
- Deer and Turkey permits due to notching and telecheck requirements
- White River Border Lakes permit due to reciprocal privileges in Arkansas
- Reciprocal privileges with other states
- Federal Duck Stamp (including Electronic Duck Stamp) due to Federal regulations
If you lose your hunter education card, you can purchase the Permit Card to replace it if your hunter-ed certification can be verified through MDC records.
Finding Your Conservation Number
Look for your nine-digit Conservation ID number on the front of your Permit Card, shown here circled in red.
On your Heritage Card
New Heritage Card
Look for your nine-digit Conservation ID number on the front of your Heritage Card, shown here circled in red.
Old Heritage Card
Look for your nine-digit Conservation ID number on the back of your Heritage Card, shown here circled in red.
On your permit slip
Look for your nine-digit Conservation ID number at the top of your permit underneath "Missouri Conservation Department," shown here circled in red.
In your MO Hunting and MO Fishing Apps
Simply click on one of the permits on the permit listing page for the permit information to display. You will find your Conservation ID underneath your name, shown here circled in red.
NOTE: Currently the mobile apps cutoff leading zeros. If the Conservation ID displayed in the app is less than nine digits, then be sure to add as many leading zeros as needed for your ID to be nine digits long. For example: Conservation ID 1234567 displayed in the mobile app is actually 001234567.
Your Conservation number is ...
- Used to track your permits
- Unique. You should have only one Conservation ID number in your lifetime.
- Not the same as your 16-digit Heritage Card number, which is found on the front of older Heritage cards.
- Not the same as your Hunter Education number
For more information about your Conservation ID number, or to have one assigned to you, please call 573-522-0107 and select option 4.
How Do I Get One?
You can purchase a Conservation Permit Card for $2.00 online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, at a conservation service center or retail permit vendor. After purchasing the Permit Card it will be mailed to the address on file and will be received within 4 to 6 weeks.
How Do I Replace a Broken, Lost, or Stolen Card?
Broken cards may be replaced free of charge by calling 573-522-4115, ext. 3549, or mailing the card to Missouri Department of Conservation, Permit Services, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180.
Lost or stolen cards cannot be replaced and will have to be repurchased.
My Name Changed — How Can I Get My New Name On My Permit Card?
We can't change the name on your card, but we can change the name attributed to your card on our point-of-purchase system. That way, your new name will appear in the vendor's system when you purchase new permits or MDC Nature Shop products. Just call us at 573-522-4115, ext. 3549. Once updated you may purchase a new Conservation Permit Card which will reflect the updated name.