A Federal Rehabilitation Permit authorizes possession of sick, injured, and orphaned migratory birds for rehabilitation purposes. You may transport sick, injured, or orphaned birds to a rehabilitator or veterinarian without a permit; however, you may not treat or keep birds longer than 24 hours. For more information, please see our Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions.
Application Processing Fee: $50
Amendment Fee: none
Duration Valid: 5 years
Annual Report Required: Yearly (January 31)
State Permit Requirement: yes - Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Governing Regulations: 50 CFR §21.31
Disclaimer: Please print this page for your records. This website is a "plain English" guide to Migratory Birds and Migratory Bird Permitting. It is not meant to cover every Migratory Bird situation or all of the details of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and associated Policies. While every attempt is made to ensure the information is up-to-date and accurate, the USFWS is not responsible for misinformation. Furthermore, this website is not intended to replace the advice of USFWS employees. It is intended to give a basic framework and help in your everyday Migratory Bird questions. Changes in Migratory Bird rules occur regularly and often quickly. If you have a Migratory Bird question, you should contact an appropriate USFWS employee and provide him or her with all the relevant facts before taking action.