In October, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its new electronic permitting system, “ePermits,” to modernize the permit application process.
In addition to imports or exports for the hunting world, permits are issued for activities such as import and export of live animals, plants, or biomedical samples, rehabilitation of sick or injured migratory birds, scientific research or reintroduction programs for endangered species, and exchange of museum specimens between institutions for protected species. Each year, the Service issues approximately 65,000 permits.
Prior to ePermits, applicants had to apply for permits through the mail and pay with paper checks, often resulting in delays that now may be avoided through the digital process. The ePermits system offers many advantages for applicants including a new permit application search feature, a help center, a secure electronic payment system, and tracking for an application’s progress.
The hard-copy option will still be available to those who need it, and updates and improvements will continue through July 2021.
“I am proud of the Service’s work to create an innovative platform that will help simplify and expedite the permitting process,” said Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The Trump Administration has prioritized developing innovative solutions for the American people, and this online tool for permit applications further delivers accountability and transparency.”
To apply for permits through the Service’s new platform or to obtain more information regarding the permitting process, visit: fws.gov/epermits.