Wildlife Scientific Collection Permit
A permit, issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, to collect wildlife, (birds, nests or eggs, mammals, reptiles, amphibians), from the wild for scientific or educational purposes.
Any properly accredited person of known scientific attainment desiring to collect wildlife, (birds, nests or eggs, mammals, reptiles, amphibians), from the wild for scientific or educational purposes must first obtain a Scientific Collection permit from the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Department of Natural Resources. This permit is also required to capture, mark and release wildlife. Public educational institutions also need this permit to salvage wildlife and to maintain specimens for educational purposes.
Please visit our Fishing and Boating Service Scientific Collection Permit webpage for collecting permits for aquatic organisms.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
For scientific purposes, details of which species are to be collected, methods of collection, and final disposition of the animals must be provided with the application.
For educational institutions, list of species desired and purpose of the education must be provided with the application.
How do I apply?
Apply or register
How do I maintain or renew my permit?
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal on Dec 31st
You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your permit
An Annual Report must be filed with the Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Annual renewal is required.