You must be qualified to locate an association placer mining claim and your mining claim must conform to the requirements of Federal law, 30 U.S.C. 35, 36, and regulations at 43 CFR 3832.22. These laws allow the location of placer mining claims greater than 20 acres so long as each of the locators has a bona fide interest in the claims, and has located the claims independently, for their own self-interest, and in good faith. The law is well established that a person cannot use the names of his friends, relatives, or employees as dummy locators in order to locate for his own benefit a greater area of placer ground than is allowable by law. Any claim located using dummy locators is not a valid mining claim.
By recording location notices for association placer mining claims with BLM you are representing to the United States government that you meet the qualifications for locating an association placer claim and that you are not using the names of other persons as dummy locators to locate more than 20 acres per claim for your own benefit. In accordance with 43 CFR 3830.9, if you file a document that you know contains false, erroneous, or fictitious information or statements, you may be subject to criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 43 U.S.C. 1212. The maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.
In accordance with 43CFR 1822.10, all documents required to be filed with the Bureau of Land Management must contain the applicant’s (claimant’s) legal name and current address. Additionally, 43 CFR 3833.11 (b)(2) requires that a certificate of location of a mining claim or site contain the names and current mailing addresses of the locators of the claim.