Recordation of NOL, AM, TR, REL, & CA

Recordation of Notice of Location, Amendment,Transfer, Relinquishment, and Change of Address 

Recording a Mining Claim or Site 

Unpatented lode and placer mining claim, mill site, and tunnel site must be recorded in both the appropriate county Recorder's Office and the proper BLM State Office. Prior to recordation, the claim/site must be staked on the ground (date of location).  Also, review the BLM records (land records master title plats and LR2000 Geo Report) and county records to determine if the land is open to location.

Staking a Mining Claim or Site on Lands Subject to Stock Raising Homestead Act

Special procedures must be complied by individuals/companies prior to locating mining claims on land were the surface is patented, and the minerals are reserved or disposed under the Stock Raising Homestead Act (SRHA) of December 29, 1916. A "Notice of Intent to Locate" (NOITL) must be filed with the proper BLM State Office prior to locating a claim. BLM service charge is $30.  See procedures for locating claims on SRHA lands.

Recording a Notice of Location (NOL)

Notice of Location must contain the following basic information (43 CFR Part 3832, Subpart A, and Part 3833, Subpart A): NOL required information

  1. The date of location, date claim is marked and notice is posted on the ground; 
  2. The name and address of each locator; 
  3. The name and number of the claim or site;
  4. The type of claim or site (either lode, placer, mill site or tunnel site); and
  5. The legal description of all the land in which the claim is located (quarter section, section, township, range and meridian). 

If your claim is a lode claim, you must also describe lode claims by metes and bounds beginning at the discovery point on the claim and include a tie to natural objects or permanent monuments (such as township and section survey monuments, official U.S. mineral survey monuments, etc.)

If your claim is a tunnel site, you must also include the actual or proposed course/direction of tunnel; the height, width, the course and distance from the face or starting point, including a tie to permanent monument, such as a survey marker (metes and bounds description).

If the mining claim is an association placer, the maximum acreage allowed is 160 acres with at least 8 locators, 20 acres per claimant. A corporation is considered an individual entity; therefore, as an individual entity it is allowed 20 acres. A placer claim and mill site must be described by survey subdivision. If the placer claim or mill site cannot be subdivided by survey subdivision then a metes and bounds description is required.

The NOL must include the legal name and current address of each locator. Placer - Locator Requirements

A map outlining the claim/site boundaries within a section (showing section boundaries) must be submitted.  One map may be submitted for two or more claims/sites as long as each claim/site is clearly identified. 

Local printing companies, office supply stores, stationery stores, and BLM offices are possible sources for obtaining location notice and certificate forms.Required information for Notices of Location/amendments.

County Recordation: State law usually requires filing the original location notice or certificate in the county recorder's or the county clerk's office. The proper county is generally the one in which the claim is located. Each State has its own requirement for when a location notice must be filed and recorded. This period is usually within 90 days of staking the claim on the ground. The State of Utah requires the filings be recorded with the county recorder within 30 days from the date of location.  See Utah Map Showing County Boundaries.

BLM Recordation: The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the implementing regulations at 43 CFR 3833 require claimants to file a copy of the official record of the notice or certificate of location with the BLM (State Office) within 90 days from date of location. This includes any amendments (i.e., changes/corrections) in claim boundaries and any changes in ownership. FLPMA (Sec. 314) also requires a map outlining the claim/site boundaries within a section to be filed with the BLM. Other documents filed under State law must also accompany the copy of the official record filed with the BLM. Even if State law does not require recordation, the owner must file proper documents with the BLM. The BLM considers a claim or site abandoned and void if the claimant fails to record with the BLM within the prescribed period. Use a separate notice or certificate of location for each claim/site. See FILINGS for fees required at time of recordation.

Recording an Amendment

An amendment to a location for an active mining claim or site can be made at any time and must be filed with the appropriate county Recorder's Office and the proper BLM State Office. It can be made on the same type of form as was used for the original location. An amended location relates back to the original date that the mining claim or site was located. The BLM has a $10 nonrefundable processing fee to file an amendment.

Amendments are used to:

  1. Correct or clarify omissions or defects in the original location certification;
  2. Change legal descriptions, due to an error made on the original certificate (the location on the ground cannot be changed); and
  3. Change the claim name.

Amended NOLs must be recorded at the proper county recorder's office prior to recordation with the BLM (Regulation 43 CFR 3833.22).  You must record amended NOLs with the BLM within 90 days after you record the amended NOL in the local/county recording office.  BLM will not recognize any amendment to your mining claim until you file it properly.

Recording a Transfer Document

Where an owner of an unpatented mining claim sells, assigns, or otherwise conveys all or any part of his interest in the claim, his transferee shall file the transfer document in the proper BLM State Office within 60 days and also with the appropriate county Recorder's Office. Examples of transfer documents are transfer of interest, quitclaim deed, change of name, will, etc. The transfer document shall identify the transferee's name and signature, the name and address of the new owner, the claim or site name(s) and the BLM serial number(s). The BLM has a $10 nonrefundable processing fee to file transfer documents for each claim or site (per document). Each transferee must pay the service charge.

(NOTE: IF YOU PURCHASE, INHERIT, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN MINING CLAIMS OR SITES THAT ARE SUBJECT TO A WAIVER: YOU MUST ALSO QUALIFY FOR THE WAIVER IN ORDER FOR BLM TO CONTINUE TO APPLY THE WAIVER TO THE CLAIMS/SITES YOU HAVE RECEIVED IN A TRANSFER, OR IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE WAIVER YOU MUST PAY THE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FEE BY THE SEPTEMBER 1 FOLLOWING THE DATE THE TRANSFER BECAME EFFECTIVE UNDER STATE LAW.)

Recording an Abandonment or Relinquishment

Upon abandonment of a claim or site or relinquishment to the Federal Government, file a notice with the appropriate county Recorder's Office and the proper BLM State Office. No particular form is required; a letter is acceptable. Be sure to include the claim or site name(s) and the BLM serial number(s). All current owners who are abandoning their interest must sign the document. There is no charge to file these documents.

Recording a Change of Address

The change of address document shall identify the claim or site name(s), the BLM serial number(s), and the owners name and new address. There is no charge to file this document. 

LR2000 Report

BLM's LR2000 has a Customer Information Report that you can run and it will provide you a list of claim names and BLM serial numbers that you can attach to your change of address.  See LR2000 or the specific report: Customer Information Report. There are several view options, the new version is "Index Cust Name".  To view this report use the drop down list and select "Index Cust Name" then click "Go", then export to MSExcel or PDF by clicking the appropriate button, then print.