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Tips for Faster Processing of Permit

When sending in an application for a new paleontological resource use permit, there are some steps you can follow to make sure your application is processed as quickly as possible.

1. Make sure all of the required documents are included with the application. Some of the common items left out of applications include CV's (for the Principle Investigator and all persons listed on Line 8), a current agreement with a compliant curation facility, a research plan, and appropriate maps of the field area.

2. Plan ahead! If you plan on going into the field during the summer field season, apply early to ensure that you get your permit in time for the planned field work.

3. If you are applying for an excavation permit, allow extra time for processing. Excavation permits require that the local BLM office evaluate the project under NEPA guidelines. Sometimes this process can be lengthy, so be aware that it will take longer to receive this type of permit.

4. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask! Sometimes a quick phone call can save time regarding permit issues.

Museum Collections

All fossils and associated notes that are collected under a paleontological resource use permit must be transfered to a publically accessible curation facility.  All permittees must produce an agreement with a compliant  repository before they will be considered eligible for a permit.


Curation costs are the responsibility of the permittee. Make sure that you read the agreement you sign with each repository and understand their terms, conditions, and curation or box fees.