Scientific Wildlife Collection License

License Description

A Scientific Wildlife Collection License is required for the taking or collecting of any species of wildlife in North Carolina except species listed as Federally or State endangered, threatened or special concern, which require a Endangered Species Permit.

Last Revised on 3/31/16 

License Restrictions, Rules, and Conditions

Individuals who annually collect fewer than 5 reptiles or fewer than 25 amphibians that are not endangered, threatened, or special concerned species are exempted from the Scientific Wildlife Collection License.


Each individual who obtains a Wildlife Collection License is required to submit an annual report within 15 days following the expiration of the license as instructed in 15A NCAC 10B .0119 (f). (Wildlife Collection Online Reporting).

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

Unless indicated differently on the license form, Scientific Wildlife Collection Licenses expire on December 31st of each year.

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



How to Obtain License

Fill out a completed Scientific Wildlife Collection License Application and submit to the Commission address listed at the bottom of the form. Please provide a complete project proposal and any additional documentation requested on the application with your completed application. This license has a $5.00 application/renewal fee plus a $2.00 transaction fee which may be paid by:

  • To pay by credit card over the phone, call 1-888-248-6834 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm).
  • To pay by check or money order, make payable to NC Wildlife Resources Commission.


Download the License Forms

Wildlife Collection License Application (PDF)
Wildlife Collection Report Form (PDF)

Wildlife Collection 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 

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



License 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