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State permit policies & procedures

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See below for application page:


Mark S. Sasser
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Nongame Wildlife Coordinator
Alabama Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
64 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: 334-242-3469

Is a permit required for banding?

Yes. The regulation (below) applies to “take, capture, kill, or attempt to take, capture or kill.”

Permit Application Form

  • Application Form
    Each applicant must initially:
    • go to
    • create a login which will be used for applications and reports by:
       o Clicking on ‘Create New User’.
       o Filling out New User Page (Required: User Name and Password (must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least one number and one symbol), confirm Password, Email, Security Question, Security Answer, First Name, Last Name, City and State).
       o Clicking ‘Create User’.
       o Sending email to requesting role assignment.
    Each applicant applying for an Alabama Scientific Collecting Permit, whether new or renewal should:
    • click on ‘Scientific Collecting Permit’ using the menus across the upper portion of the screen.
    • click on ‘create application’ using the drop down list from ‘Scientific Collecting Permit’.
    • enter the information as required such as personal info, business info, and information on species type, collection method, collections, etc. 
  • Renewal - Same form
  • Threatened and Endangered - Same form, but you will have to submit twice
  • Salvage - Select from drop-down list on electronic permit

State lands

Yes, if requested with permit application

Prior notice

Holders of General Scientific Collection Permits must advise the local District
Conservation Enforcement Supervisor prior to making any collections (page 9). If collection activities for a given day occur in different counties where more than one district is involved, then each respective district must be notified. You can also notify the radio operator at (334) 242-3923 in the Montgomery Office, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Enforcement Section. Notification should be made at least two days in advance of collection activities if possible. The radio operator will require the following information: when and where collections will be conducted, species/taxa to be collected, and collections methods. Such notification must be made during normal working hours (M-F, 8am-5pm). When collections are to be carried out over a given period of time or on a scheduled basis, a copy of the schedule, including locations of collections and methods to be used in collecting will be acceptable in lieu of notification of each collection trip.


Nongame Species Protected by Alabama Regulations
220-2-.92 Nongame Species Regulation

(1) It shall be unlawful to take, capture, kill, or attempt to take, capture or kill; possess, sell, trade for anything of monetary value, or offer to sell or trade for anything of monetary value, the following nongame wildlife species (or any parts or reproductive products of such species) without a scientific collection permit or written permit from the Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which shall specifically state what the permittee may do with regard to said species:


Common Name
Scientific Name
Crane, Mississippi Sandhill Grus canadensis pulla
Dove, Common Ground
Columbina passerina
Eagle, Bald
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Eagle, Golden Aguila chrysaetos
Egret, Reddish
Egretta rufescens
Falcon, Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Hawk, Cooper's Accipiter cooperi
Merlin Falco columbarius
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Oystercatcher, American Haematopus palliatus
Pelican, American White Pelecanus erthrorhynchos
Plover, Piping Charadrius melodus
Plover, Snowy Charadrius alexandrinus
Plover, Wilson’s Charadrius wilsonia
Stork, Wood Mycteria americana
Tern, Gull-billed Sterna nilotica
Warbler, Bachman's Vermivora bachmani
Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Picoides borealis
Wren, Bewick's Thryomanes bewickii

In addition any required federal permits for federally protected species must be obtained.