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BLM Alaska Minerals Program

Geologist at sunsetThe BLM Alaska minerals program has responsibilities and adjudicative duties associated with federal mining claims, mineral surveys and patents, validation of title evidence, review of mineral validity reports, service of federal minerals contest actions, guidance for surface use management and use and occupancy under the mining laws; processing mineral lease applications, mineral materials, solid minerals prospecting permits, bonding documentation, and oil and gas reinstatement actions; coordinating oil and gas lease sales; and preparation and service of decisions, notices and other legal documents.


Updated 6/30/2014


Mining fees are increasing for the 2015 assessment year.  
The new fees became effective on June 30, 2014, when the Federal Register published the new fees.  (See Federal Register Volume 79, No. 125)
1.  Mining claim maintenance fees increased to $155.00 (from $140). 
2.  Association placer claim fees are $155.00 for every 20 acres or portion thereof.
3.  New Mining claims (as of September 1, 2014) increased to $37 (from $34).

Anyone who already paid $140.00 for the 2015 assessment year will need to pay an additional $15.00. Failure to pay this increase will result in forfeiture of your claims.

You may send the payment to either BLM Anchorage or Fairbanks Offices list below, depending on where your claims are located:
Bureau of Land Management                                     
222 W. 7th Avenue #13                                            
Anchorage, Alaska 99513-7599                                  
Bureau of Land Management
1150 University Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska  99709-3844

The new fees became effective June 30, 2014.


Updated 12/16/2013
Guidance for Placer Mining on BLM Managed Lands and Using the State of Alaska’s Annual Placer Mining Application (APMA)

Mining Claim Information:

  1. Investigate That Claim Before You Buy!
  2. Claim Adjudication
  3. Locatable Minerals
  4. Locatable Minerals "Discovery" of a Valuable Mineral Deposit
  5. Mining Claim Fee Requirements
  6. Maintenance Fee Payment Form for Lode Claims, Mill Sites, and Tunnel Sites
  7. Maintenance Fee Payment Form for Placer Claims
  8. Maintenance Fee Waiver Form 
  9. Affidavit of Annual Assessment Work Form
  10. Mining operations, Financial Guarantees, (bonding) under 43 CFR 3809 
  11. Mining Claim Terms and Definitions
  12. Mining on Public Lands in Alaska
  13. Mineral Patents
  14. BLM Fact Sheet - Maintenance and Location Fee Requirements
  15. Occupancy Regulations 
  16. Reclamation
  17. Mining Claim Brochure 
  18. Acquisition of Mining Claims Under a Maintenance Fee Waiver

Minerals Data

Spatial Data Management System Website


Report Mining Claim Fraud

Mining Claim Information Book

Mining Claim Information Book-PDF (4.67MB)

Placer Mining Claims Operation Guide









Alaska Placer Mining Claim Operations Guide- PDF (793 KB)




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