Endangered Species Permit

Permit Description

An Endangered Species Permit is required in order to take or possess any State or Federally listed endangered, threatened, or special concern species for scientific, educational, exhibition, or other purposes.


Last Revised on 3/21/16

Permit Restrictions, Rules, and Conditions

There is no open season for taking any State or Federally species listed as endangered, threatened, or special concern as set in 15A NCAC 10I .0103-.0105.

A permit may be issued to an individual or institution, with experience and training in handling and caring for wildlife, conducting a scientific study for the purpose of scientific investigation relevant to perpetuation or restoration of said species or as a part of a scientifically valid study or restoration effort.

A permit may be issued to a public or private educator or exhibitor who has demonstrated lawfully obtained the specimen or specimens and abides by the caging requirements for the species described in 15A NCAC 10H .0302. An applicant must provide documentation of experience working with species in the application, and in the case of any endangered, threatened, or special concern reptiles, must understand the regulations described in GS 14 Article 55.

A permit may be issued to a person who lawfully possessed any endangered, threatened, or special concern species for more than 90 days immediately prior to the date that such species was listed and who abides by the caging requirements for the species described in 15A NCAC 10H .0302, provided that no permit issued more than 90 days after the effective date of the initial listing for that species.

Permits are issued to a single individual at least 18 years of age or older.

Unless indicated differently on license form, Endangered Species Permits will expire on December 31st of each year.

Download the current Wildlife Collection Rules from North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings and North Carolina General Statutes:

How to Obtain Permit

Fill out a completed Endangered Species Permit Application and submit to the Commission address listed at the bottom of the form.

Download the Permit Forms

Endangered Species Permit Application (PDF)

Endangered Species Online Reporting Login (PAWS)

Note: Bat Reporting Only

 In the effort to make our PAWS reporting system user friendly we are in the process of making several data entry changes to our system. As part of this effort during the 2017 reporting period we are temporarily removing the bat reporting for Endangered Species and Scientific Collection license from the PAWS reporting system.  In the interim, please email a copy of your USFW excel spreadsheet report to us at RAPS@ncwildlife.org. 

Please click onto the following link for a copy of the USFW excel spreadsheet:



Permit Contact Information


Address:   North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission 
Customer Service Section
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1700
 Phone: 1-888-248-6834 or  919 707- 0391
 Fax: 919-707-0292