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 outlined 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 scientific investigation relevant to perpetuation or restoration of said species, or as a part of a scientifically valid study or restoration effort. 

Applicants seeking to conduct bat surveys which include requests to enter hibernacula will need to submit hibernacula requests in writing as part of their application. All hibernacula surveys will require coordination with the agency's bat projects manager. Surveyors and researchers are not authorized to enter hibernacula without authorization on their license.

Applicants seeking to obtain an Endangered Species Permit for Research/Survey projects must submit a completed Endangered Species application along with a research proposal. Research proposals must include evidence to support why the proposed collection activities will NOT negatively impact the requested species population.

Applicants must submit a separate Endangered Species Permit application, research proposal, and license fee for each research/survey project.

Endangered Species Permit Holders conducting Research/Survey related projects will be required to submit an updated Endangered Species Permit application and research proposal every year as part of the annual renewal process.

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 .1402.

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 before the date that such species were listed and who abides by the caging requirements for the species described in 15A NCAC 10H .1404, 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 the license form, Endangered Species Permits will expire on December 31st of each year.

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



Recommendations on activities involving bats for researchers, wildlife rehabilitators, wildlife damage control agents, and the public. (PDF)

FAQs about COVID-19 & Wildlife for Wildlife Handlers (PDF)

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. This license has a $10 application/renewal 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. 
All permit fees are non-refundable.

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 

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