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State permit policies & procedures

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    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    Permits page


    Shirl Dressler, Secretary Senior
    Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
    4010 W. Broad St.
    Richmond, VA 23230
    Phone: (804) 367-6913

Is a permit needed for banding?

Yes. (pers.comm. S. Dressler to E. Paul, 7 July 2009: “Yes, a permit is required in Virginia to band birds, even if you have a federal permit. Part of Virginia's laws make it illegal to "harass" wildlife, capturing and banding birds falls under this.”

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - Available here or from the agency website

    Application to amend permit avaliable here

    Per Ms. Dressler: All documentation MUST be submitted electronically to this email address ( Allow a minimum of 30 days for the agency to receive the documentation and review.
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - Available here or from the agency website

  • Salvage - same form

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.


Regulations: Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4 Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15 Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Section 10 Possession, importation, sale, etc. of wildlife animals

4VAC15-30-10. Possession, importation, sale, etc., of wild animals.
Under the authority of Sec. 29.1-103 and 29.1-521 of the Code of Virginia it shall be unlawful to take, possess, import, cause to be imported, export, cause to be exported, buy, sell, offer for sale, or liberate within the Commonwealth any wild animal unless otherwise specifically permitted by law or regulation. Unless otherwise stated, for the purposes of identifying species regulated by the board, when both the scientific and common names are listed, the scientific reference to genus and species will take precedence over common names.

Statutes: Code of Virginia

Sec. 29.1-521. Unlawful to hunt, trap, possess, sell or transport wild birds and wild animals except as permitted; exception; penalty.
A. The following shall be unlawful:
10. To hunt, trap, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, deliver for transportation, transport, cause to be transported, by any means whatever, receive for transportation or export, or import, at any time or in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal or the carcass or any part thereof, except as specifically permitted by law and only by the manner or means and within the numbers stated. However, the provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit the (i) use or transportation of legally taken turkey carcasses, or portions thereof, for the purposes of making or selling turkey callers or (ii) the manufacture or sale of implements, including, but not limited to, tools or utensils, made from legally harvested deer skeletal parts, including antlers.