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Who Can Stake a Claim?

United States citizens who have reached the age of discretion, under the law of the state of residence; or legal immigrants who have declared their intention to become a citizen; or a corporation organized under the laws of any state may locate a mining claim. The government considers a corporation the same as a U.S. citizen.

  • An agent may locate a mining claim on behalf of a claimant.
  • A claimant may hold any number of claims or sites.