Which Permit Application Do I Need?

Below you can search for the permit application form(s) you need. Click on the images to find applications for those permit categories. If you are unsure whether you need a permit from our office, review our “Do I Need A Permit?” webpage.

Before you apply for a permit, be sure to review our guidance on how to apply for a permit. Ten application forms can now be submitted online.

A scarlet macaw with text: "Personal Pets" Crab-eating Macaque with text: "Biomedical" Common snapping turtle with text: "Live Animals" Golden barrel cactus with text: "Plants" Credit: Andre Karwath Pelagic thresher shark with text: Introduction from the Sea" Credit: Marty Hing Southern white rhino with text: "CITES / Endangered Wildlife Species + Reports"
Argali with text: "Overseas Hunting" An antique container that includes tortoise shell with text: "Pre-CITES Antiques and Exhibitions" Credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art A purse made from alligator skin with text: "Skins, Furs, Parts, and Products" Credit: USFWS American Ginseng with text: "Ginseng" Photo credit: Gary Kauffman / USFWS A violin with text: "Musical Instruments" Credit: Jason Hollinger / Creative Commons A permit application with a renewal seal with text: "Renew or Replace a Permit"
Sturgeon with text: "Paddlefish and Sturgeon" Credit: Damon Yeh / USFWS An insect collection with text: "Museum Specimens And Reports" Credit: Frost Museum A sea otter with text: "Marine Mammals" Credit: Lilian Carwell / USFWS A bald eagle with text: "Birds and Eagles" Credit: Bruce Hallman / USFWS A peregrine falcon with text: "Registration of a Facility (CITES / ESA) Credit: USFWS A meerkat with text: "Injurious Wildlife" Credit: Jans Canon / Creative Commons

 

If you are traveling abroad with a personal pet, you will probably need to obtain a permit if your pet is exotic (not a dog or cat). There is an application for one-time export / re-export of any CITES-listed pet, including birds. If you are a resident of the United States and you will be making multiple border crossings, we recommend applying for the pet passport. Read more detailed information about traveling with your pet bird.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Import / Export / ReExport of Personal Pets (CITES and/or Wild Bird Conservation Act)

3-200-46

Certificate of Ownership for Personally Owned Wildlife "Pet Passport" CITES

3-200-64

Renewal or Amendment of Applications Listed Above

3-200-52


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These applications are for biological samples for biomedical or scientific purposes for CITES-listed species only. For ESA-listed species, you will need the CITES / Endangered Wildlife Species + Reports category. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits which you would customize for each shipment.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

Export of Wildlife Samples and / or Biomedical Samples

3-200-29

Re-Export of Wildlife Samples and / or Biomedical Samples

3-200-29

CITES Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (Live / Samples / Parts / Products)

3-200-27

Renewal or Amendment of Applications Listed Above

3-200-52

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: Export / Re-Export of Wildlife Samples and / or Biomedical Samples

3-200-29

Master File: CITES Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (Live / Samples / Parts / Products)

3-200-27

Master File: Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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Common snapping turtle with text: "Live Animals" Credit: USFWS

This category of applications includes both single use and multiple use activities involving live animals. This includes live captive-born foreign-listed animals, wildlife removed from the wild, and re-export of wildlife previously imported to the United States. Registration of a production facility for export of native species is also located here as well as Master Files for export of live animals bred in captivity in the United States. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits which you would customize for each shipment. Read more detailed information about freshwater turtle permit applications.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

CITES Export of Live Foreign-Listed Captive-Born Animals

3-200-24

CITES Re-Export of Wildlife

3-200-73

CITES Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (Live / Samples / Parts / Products)

3-200-27

Renewal or Amendment of Applications Listed Above

3-200-52

Registration of a Production Facility for Export of Native CITES Species

3-200-75

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: CITES Export of Live Foreign-Listed Captive-Born Animals

3-200-24

Master File: CITES Re-Export of Wildlife

3-200-73

Master File: CITES Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (Live / Samples / Parts / Products)

3-200-27

Master File: Establishment of a Master File for the Export of Live Animals Bred in Captivity in the
United States (CITES)

3-200-85

Master File: Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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Golden barrel cactus with text: "Plants" Credit: Andre Karwath

If you are seeking a permit application for plants or plant products, this category includes activities for both wild and artificially propagated plants, and activities involving the personal and commercial export, interstate or foreign commerce of ESA / CITES-listed plants. American Ginseng permit applications are available in a separate category. Permits can be issued for single or multiple commercial shipments (i.e., a Master File). A Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3, which allows the exporter to obtain partially completed permits to customize individual shipments of approved plants or plant materials. Read more detailed information about permit applications for wood and other tree products.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

Export / Re-Export of Plants (CITES)

3-200-32

Renewal or Amendment of Application Listed Above

3-200-52

Export of Artificially Propagated Plants (CITES)

3-200-33

Import of Wild-Collected Appendix I Plants (CITES)

3-200-35

Export / Import / Interstate and Foreign Commerce of Plants (CITES and / or ESA)

3-200-36

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: Export / Re-Export of Plants (CITES)

3-200-32

Master File: Export of Artificially Propagated Plants (CITES)

3-200-33

Master File: Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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Pelagic thresher shark with text: Introduction from the Sea" Credit: Marty Hing

Introduction from the Sea permits cover collecting activities in the open ocean (i.e., in the marine environment outside of any country’s territorial jurisdiction), using a U.S. registered vessel and returning directly to the United States. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits which you would customize for each shipment. Read more detailed information about permits for sharks and rays.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

Introduction from the Sea

3-200-31

Renewal or Amendment of Applications Listed Above

3-200-52

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: Introduction from the Sea

3-200-31

Master File: Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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Southern white rhino with text: "CITES / Endangered Wildlife Species + Reports"

If you plan on conducting activities such as import or export, interstate or foreign commerce, or take of any non-native species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, you will need this application form. This form may also be used for import or export of native ESA-listed species. You will find the Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration (CBW) application here and the report form.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Import / Export, Re-Export, Import, Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Take of Animals
(Live / Samples / Parts / Products) Under CITES and / or ESA

3-200-37

Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration (U.S. Endangered Species Act)

3-200-41

Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration Annual Report

3-200-41a

 

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You will find applications for the import of your overseas hunting trophy as well as applications for trophies hunted in the United States. Taxidermists will find the application for export / re-export of sport-hunted trophies that they may apply on behalf of their client after the taxidermy work is completed. Read more detailed information for overseas hunting and specific trophy species.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies of Southern African Leopard and Namibian Southern White Rhinoceros

3-200-19

Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies of Argali

3-200-21

Import of Sport-Hunted Bontebok Trophies from South Africa

3-200-22

Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies (Appendix I of CITES and / or ESA)

3-200-20

CITES Export of Trophies by Hunters or Taxidermists

3-200-28

CITES Re-Export of Trophies by Hunters or Taxidermists

3-200-28

Renewal or Amendment of Applications Listed Above

3-200-52

 

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An antique container that includes tortoise shell with text: "Pre-CITES Antiques and Exhibitions" Credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

This permit application category applies to items and live animals acquired prior to being listed under CITES or the Endangered Species Act (Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, and Antique specimens). Antiques are a special category under the Endangered Species Act that include items over 100 years of age that meet certain conditions. If you need to conduct a single activity or have a traveling exhibition of items or live animals, you will find these applications here. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits which you would customize for each shipment.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

Export or Re-Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or Antique Specimens (CITES, MMPA, or ESA)

3-200-23

Renewal or Amendment of Application Listed Above

3-200-52

Export / Re-Import of Circuses, Traveling Animal Exhibitions, or Museum Exhibitions

3-200-30

Re-Export / Re-Import of Circuses, Traveling Animal Exhibitions, or Museum Exhibitions

3-200-30

Passport for Export / Re-Export / Re-Import of Circuses, Traveling Animal Exhibitions, or Museum Exhibitions

3-200-30

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: Export or Re-Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or Antique Specimens Master File
(CITES, MMPA, or ESA)

3-200-23

Master File: Export / Re-Export / Re-Import of Circuses, Traveling Animal Exhibitions, or Museum Exhibitions

3-200-30

Master File: Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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A purse made from alligator skin with text: "Skins, Furs, Parts, and Products" Credit: USFWS

People that wish to export one of six native species as skins, furs, parts, or products will find the applications they need in this section. Both single use and multiple use permit applications are available. Export of wildlife removed from the wild, as well as permits to export products or parts from foreign listed captive-born animals, can also be accessed. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits which you would customize for each shipment. Read more detailed information about furbearing species and alligators and crocodilians.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

CITES Commercial Export of Skins of 6 Native Species: Bobcat, River Otter, Lynx, Alaskan Brown Bear,
Alaskan Gray Wolf, and American Alligator

3-200-26

CITES Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (Live / Samples / Parts / Products)

3-200-27

CITES Export of Products / Parts from Foreign Listed Captive-Born Animals

3-200-24

Renewal or Amendment of Application Listed Above

3-200-52

CITES Re-Export of Wildlife

3-200-73

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: CITES Export of WIldlife Removed from the Wild (Live / Samples / Parts / Products)

3-200-27

Master File: CITES Export of Products / Parts from Foreign-Listed Captive-Born Animals

3-200-24

Master File: CITES Re-Export of Wildlife

3-200-73

Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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American Ginseng with text: "Ginseng" Photo credit: Gary Kauffman / USFWS

American ginseng export applications are available for multiple commercial shipments, known as Master Files. If you have a single shipment, you will also find the application you need here. Master Files may be obtained for one year and individual, partially complete permits would be issued. Read more detailed information about American ginseng and permits.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Export of Artificially Propagated American Ginseng (Multiple Commercial Shipments)

3-200-34

Export of Wild American Ginseng (Multiple Commercial Shipments)

3-200-34

Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

Export of American Ginseng

3-200-32

CITES Export Program for American Ginseng for State / Tribal Agencies (Report)

3-200-61

 

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A violin with text: "Musical Instruments" Credit: Jason Hollinger / Creative Commons

If you are a musician or a member of an orchestra, you might need to apply for a permit. These applications consist of single-use export or re-export of a pre-Convention, pre-Act, or Antique items as well as the musical instrument “passport.” The passport is for those that are part of an orchestra or another type of traveling exhibition / performer. If your item only consists of plant material (wood) with no wildlife parts (ivory, mother of pearl) you will use the plant application included in this group of applications. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits. Read more detailed information for musical instruments.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Export or Re-Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or Antique Specimens (CITES, MMPA, or ESA)

3-200-23

Export / Re-Export of Plants (CITES)

3-200-32

Renewal or Amendment of Applications Listed Above

3-200-52

Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or Antique Musical Instrument / Traveling Exhibition Certificate "Passport" (MMPA, ESA, and / or CITES)

3-200-88

 

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A permit application with a renewal seal with text: "Renew or Replace a Permit"

If your permit is lost or damaged, you may request a replacement permit. If your permit is about to expire, you may be able to renew it. If you made a non-commercial shipment of a CITES-listed species without a permit and find that you did indeed need a permit, you may request a retrospective permit.

Type of Permit

Form Number

CITES Permit Issued Retrospectively -- Supplemental Application

3-200-58

Replacement Document for CITES, ESA, MMPA, WBCA, Lacey Act

3-200-66

Reissuance, Renewal, Amendment of a Permit

3-200-52

 

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Sturgeon with text: "Paddlefish and Sturgeon" Credit: Damon Yeh / USFWS

Caviar, meat, eggs, and products containing paddlefish or sturgeon all require CITES permits. Single use permits and Master Files are available. Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple imports. Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3. You would then apply for individual, partially complete permits. Read more detailed information about paddlefish and sturgeon permit applications.

Single Use Permits

Form Number

Export of Caviar or Meat of Paddlefish or Sturgeon Removed from the Wild (CITES)

3-200-76

Export of Fertilized Live Eggs, Caviar, or Meat from Aquacultured Paddlefish or Sturgeon (CITES)

3-200-80

 

Multiple Use Permits

Form Number

Master File: Export of Caviar or Meat of Paddlefish or Sturgeon Removed from the Wild
(CITES)

3-200-76

Master File: Export of Fertilized Live Eggs, Caviar, or Meat from Aquacultured Paddlefish or Sturgeon
(CITES)

3-200-80

Partially Completed Certificate(s) Under a Master File or an Annual Program

3-200-74

 

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An insect collection with text: "Museum Specimens And Reports" Credit: Frost Museum

If you are an institution that wishes to share accessioned specimens of your collection with foreign institutions, you will need a Certificate of Scientific Exchange (COSE). Both institutions must be registered with the CITES Secretariat in order to do this type of activity. Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the ESA Museum permit authorizes similar activities between two institutions. If your institution intends to only import, export, or re-export specimens listed under CITES, you only need the COSE. If you also intend to do similar activities with ESA-listed species then you also need the ESA Museum permit. Each permit requires an annual report which you will find here as well.

Type of Permit

Form Number

CITES Certificate of Scientific Exchange (COSE)

3-200-39

Export and Re-Import of Museum Specimens under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

3-200-40

 

Reports

Form Number

Report Form: CITES Certificate of Scientific Exchange (COSE)

3-200-39a

Report Form: Export and Re-Import of Museum Specimens under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

3-200-40a

 

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A sea otter with text: "Marine Mammals" Credit: Lilian Carwell / USFWS

If you are an institution that wants to display marine mammals for the public, you will find the permit application form you need within this category. If you are an institution that wants to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals, your permit application is located here. If you are involved in the take, import, export, or photography / videography of marine mammals, your permit applications are also located in this category. Please be aware that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction of the following marine mammals: northern sea otters, southern sea otters, polar bears, walrus, manatees and dugongs. Read more detailed information about marine mammal permit applications.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Take / Import / Export of Marine Mammals for Public Display (MMPA and / or ESA)

3-200-43

Take / Import / Export of Marine Mammals for Scientific Research, Enhancement, or Rescue / Rehabilitation / Release Activities or Renewal / Amendment of Existing Permit (MMPA and / or ESA)

3-200-43

Export / Re-Export of Live Captive-Held Marine Mammals (CITES)

3-200-53

Photography of Marine Mammals for Educational or Commercial Purposes Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)

3-200-86

Notification for and Transfer / Transport of Captive-Held Marine Mammals Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)

3-200-87

 

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A bald eagle with text: "Birds and Eagles" Credit: Bruce Hallman / USFWS

If you wish to conduct activities involving protected bird species under CITES, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA), and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act you will find the permit applications you need in this category. Activities include export of raptors, any activities under the WBCA, as well as the use of bald and golden eagle feathers for Native American religious purposes, or scientific or exhibition purposes. Pet bird applications are found under the Personal Pets category.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Export of Raptors Under CITES and / or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

3-200-25

Import of Birds for Scientific Research or Zoological Breeding and Display (WBCA)

3-200-47

Import of Birds Under an Approved Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)

3-200-48

Approval, Amendment, or Renewal of a Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)

3-200-49

Approval of Sustainable Use Management Plan Under WBCA

3-200-50

Approval of a Foreign Breeding Facility Under WBCA

3-200-51

Transport of Bald and Golden Eagles from the United States for Scientific or Exhibition Purposes (CITES)

3-200-69

Export / Re-Import / Transport of Bald and Golden Eagle for Indian Religious Purposes (CITES)

3-200-70

 

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A peregrine falcon with text: "Registration of a Facility (CITES / ESA) Credit: USFWS

You will find applications to register your facility for various purposes here. For example, applications for any registration under the Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA), the Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration and the Registration of a production facility for export of Native CITES species can be found here.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Registration of a Production Facility for Export of Native CITES Species

3-200-75

Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration (U.S. Endangered Species Act)

3-200-41

Approval, Amendment, or Renewal of a Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)

3-200-49

Approval of Sustainable Use Management Plan Under WBCA

3-200-50

Approval of a Foreign Breeding Facility Under WBCA

3-200-51

Registration of Appendix I Commercial Breeding Operations (CITES)

3-200-65

 

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A meerkat with text: "Injurious Wildlife" Credit: Jans Canon / Creative Commons

Any importation of injurious wildlife into the United States or its territories or possessions must be authorized under a permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You will find applications authorizing activities under the Lacey Act here. In addition, transport between the continental United States, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory or possession of the United States by any means whatsoever must be authorized by the Service. Read more detailed information about injurious wildlife.

Type of Permit

Form Number

Import of Injurious Wildlife Under the Lacey Act

3-200-42

Transport of Injurious Wildlife Under the Lacey Act

3-200-42

 

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