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Landowner/Tenant Registration

Welcome to the Iowa DNR's customer service page for Landowner/Tenant (LOT) Registration. The primary purpose of LOT registration is to help ensure that LOT deer and turkey licenses are obtained only by those who meet the residency and eligibility requirements for these licenses.

All landowners, tenants, and their eligible family members must register with the DNR before obtaining LOT deer and turkey hunting licenses. The electronic licensing system will not issue LOT licenses to unregistered landowners and tenants.

Please note that information used in the registration process will be provided to the Iowa Department of Revenue and/or the federal Internal Revenue Service so that these agencies can verify for tax purposes, including, but not limited to, agricultural status and land rental income, as applicable.

How to Register:
Before registering for LOT licenses, you must review the residency and eligibility requirements for LOT licenses; please see the instructions link below. There is also a link to frequently asked questions and common LOT scenarios which you may also find helpful. Instructions for LOT Registration

If you meet residency and eligibility requirements for LOT licenses there are two registration options; Online Registration and Mail-in Paper Registration Form:

  1. Online Registration: Eligible landowners and tenants may register online. The link below will direct customers to the DNR license sales site where they will be able to log into their account and complete registration. After successfully completing internet registration, you may obtain your LOT license(s) immediately at any ELSI licensing location. The DNR encourages internet registration because it is the quickest, easiest, and most reliable form of registration.

    Please note that all registrations completed through the internet will be reviewed to ensure eligibility. Incomplete registrations or registrations found to not meet eligibility requirements will be inactivated.

  2. Mail Registration: Eligible landowner and tenants may register by downloading and completing paper registration form 542-8070. After the DNR receives your mailed registration form, up to 10 business days may be required for processing. If your form contains errors, the registration process may be further delayed. Registration forms are also available at DNR Offices, or by calling the DNR at 515-725-8200.

My farm unit consists of both owned and rented land, so should I register as a landowner or a tenant?
If your farm unit contains both owned and rented land, and your own land meets eligibility requirements, the DNR suggests that you register as a landowner, spouse of landowner, or child of a landowner. This is because rental contracts can change from year to year, and if you registered as a tenant the information you provide may become outdated more quickly.

My farm unit consists of multiple parcels, how do I list them all?
Only one parcel identification number from a qualifying parcel of land is required to demonstrate eligibility. If your farm unit consists of multiple parcels, you do not need to list multiple parcels or submit multiple registration forms. Once you have successfully completed LOT Registration, you may obtain your LOT license(s) and hunt on all parcels of land within your farm unit, regardless of whether you own or rent them.

How long does my LOT registration remain effective?
Your registration will remain effective until the registration information you provided is no longer valid. The DNR will periodically review LOT registration information, and those who have obtained LOT licenses illegally may be prosecuted. If the information you initially provided becomes invalid in the future, you must notify the DNR at 515-725-8200 to update your registration information before obtaining any LOT licenses. If the information you provided does not change, you will not need to register again. Once you have registered, you may review your registration information or inactivate your registration by going to the Online LOT Registration Page.

Additional Questions, Scenarios, and Issues

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