U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Locating and Recording a Mining Claim/Site
Within 90 days of the date of location, a copy of the Location Notice that was recorded with the county and a map so that it can be identified on the ground, shall be recorded at the BLM State Office. The following additional information is required if it is not included on the copy of the Location Notice: name of claim/site; name/current mailing address of locator(s); type of claim or site; date of location; legal land description within ¼ section. The state of New Mexico does not have official forms. Claimants may use the following link to print forms from Arizona. Please make sure to edit forms to conform to the state in which the claim is located as per 43CFR 3832.12.
Split Estate Lands (Private Surface/Federal Minerals)
Surface disturbance requires an agreement between the surface owner and claimant. If there is no agreement, a Plan, reviewable by the surface owner, must be submitted to the BLM Field Office under the 3809 Regulations. Surface disturbing operations on split estate land, other than SRHA land, require a Plan in all cases. Refer to “Surface Management” for the 3809 regulations.