All hunters in Alabama (licensed or license exempt) are required to report deer and turkey harvests via the Game Check system. To use Game Check, hunters are required to input a license number, Hunter Exempt License Privilege (H.E.L.P.) number, or a Conservation Identification (CID) number. While a 16-digit hunting license or H.E.L.P. number will work, the fastest and easiest way to report your deer or turkey harvest is with a 6-digit CID.
The CID number is unique to each hunter and can be used to purchase future licenses, Harvest Information Program (HIP) permits, and report deer and turkey harvests. CID numbers are also used to register for special opportunity hunts, alligator hunts, youth hunts, deer dog hunts, and trapping workshops. Unlike an annual hunting license or H.E.L.P. number, the CID number will never change – it is the only number hunters need to remember and use for the rest of their days afield in Alabama.
NOTE: Residents who purchase a license are automatically issued a CID number. Click here to recover a forgotten CID.
How to Obtain a Conservation ID Number
Select if you are one of the following:
To receive a CID, you must have purchased an annual hunting license or have a lifetime hunting license with at least 10 digits. Hunters who have a lifetime license card with fewer than 10 digits can visit their local probate office or call 334-242-3465 for more information on replacement cards. There is a $5.00 charge for all replacement cards.
Non-resident hunters who are interested in registering for a Special Opportunity Area (SOA) limited quota permit and do not have a current Alabama hunting license, can obtain a “DCNR Registration Privilege” license at no cost to obtain a CID number for registration. To obtain a “DCNR Registration Privilege” license visit the license purchase page. Please note, if selected for an SOA permit you must have a valid Alabama hunting and WMA license to accept your permit.
License exempt hunters are anyone under the age of 16, over the age of 64, or a resident landowner and resident immediate family that will hunt only on their property.
As a last resort, hunters may contact their district Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries office for assistance in obtaining a H.E.L.P and CID number.