Illinois POLST and DNR Forms

Portable medical orders like POLST and DNR ensure that your loved one's medical treatment and resuscitation preferences are consistently followed.

Helpful Highlights

  • It is strongly encouraged that you read the following Helpful content Guides before selecting a POLST and/or DNR form:

    • An Advance Directive by Any Other Name...

    • Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

    • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order

  • The signed POLST and/or DNR form must be in English.

  • Below are POLST and DNR forms available in Illinois.

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POLST and DNR requirements

Unlike other forms that can be self-created and legally binding by self-signing or by using witnesses or a notary public (an advance directive or POA, for example), POLST and DNR forms require the review and signature of a healthcare provider. Again, these forms require a healthcare provider's signature. The forms are invalid if not signed by a provider.

Therefore, although these forms may be available for viewing, downloading, printing, and completing, it is strongly recommended that your loved one get these forms directly from the provider who will be reviewing them with your loved one and signing them.

A DNR order or POLST, once completed and signed, can only be revoked by:

  • your loved one

  • your loved one's primary care provider

A DNR order or POLST cannot be revoked by:

  • any other healthcare providers

  • any family member

  • any power of attorney

  • any other healthcare representative

Forms, languages

Some states simply use the National POLST form and not a POLST form specific to that state. The National POLST form is acceptable for states with POLST programs but without specific forms.

**While POLST and DNR forms are available in various languages for ease of education and understanding, the signed forms must be in English so healthcare personnel can read them and follow the orders without the need for a translator.**

(click the language under the state to go to the form)


English (fillable) || Arabic || Chinese (Traditional) || Chinese (Simplified) || French || Hindi || Korean || Polish || Spanish


English (fillable) - Illinois recommends using the full POLST form as opposed to just a DNR


eForms (Electronic Forms LLC, 2023)

National POLST Site

National POLST Map (click on your state)

While the documents contained here are binding when properly executed, no content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for any direct medical guidance you receive from your provider or other qualified medical professionals.

Likewise, no content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for any direct legal advice you receive from your lawyer or other qualified legal professionals.

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