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Endangered/Threatened Species License

For Education, Exhibition, Scientific Collection or Propagation of Endangered & Threatened Species

The licenses listed on this page allow for the collection, possession, or sale of endangered or threatened species for education, exhibition, scientific research or propagation (breeding). For a listing of these species visit the following pages:

Definition(s)

  • Education: collection, possession and exhibition of a species to teach or instruct about its characteristics, ecological role or conservation needs.
  • Exhibition: regular public display or showing of the species where the display itself is the chief object.
  • Scientific: use of fish, wildlife or parts thereof by a scientific institution, clinic, laboratory or individual researcher to expand scientific knowledge or to gain knowledge of a fish or wildlife species, population or community. Captive-bred populations may be established and maintained as part of a scientific endeavor.
  • Propagation: production or breeding of animals by application of husbandry techniques in a controlled environment.

License Types

DEC issues three different types of licenses that authorize the possession, collection or sale of threatened and endangered wildlife. Details of each license are below.

Endangered and Threatened Species License Types

Education / Exhibition

Scientific Propagation
Allows for:
  1. Possession of captive bred or permanently disabled New York State and federally listed endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife for education or exhibition purposes.
  2. Possession and collection of New York State and federally listed wild endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife for education or exhibition purposes.
Allows for:
  1. Possession of captive bred or permanently disabled native and non-native endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife for scientific purposes.
  2. Possession and collection of native and non-native wild endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife for scientific and banding purposes.
Allows for:
  1. Possession and sale of captive bred or permanently disabled New York State and federally listed endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife for propagation purposes.
  2. Possession of New York State and federally listed wild endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife for propagation purposes.
Does NOT allow:
  1. Possession of wildlife as pets
  2. Sale or propagation of regulated species
Does NOT allow:
  1. Possession of wildlife as pets
  2. Sale or propagation of regulated species
  3. Exhibition of regulated species

Does NOT allow:

  1. Possession of wildlife as pets
  2. Exhibition of regulated species
License Fee: No Fee
License Expires: 1 year from issuance
License Fee: No Fee
License Expires: 1 year from issuance
License Fee: No Fee
License Expires: 1 years from issuance
Forms for Education/Exhibition (PDF documents):
Forms for Scientific Collection (PDF documents):
Forms for Propagation (PDF documents):
Other Possible Requirements
Other Possible Requirements
Other Possible Requirements

How To Apply

  • Complete the appropriate application form available in the table above. You may also contact the Special Licenses Unit at speciallicenses@dec.ny.gov to request an application.
  • Send completed information to the following address: NYSDEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-4752
  • Obtain any additional required permits, licenses or letters as noted in the "other possible requirements" in the table above.

Current License Holder Information

License Renewal

  • All licenses expire 1 year from the date of issuance.
  • To renew your license you must complete the appropriate license application available in the table above.
  • Check the renewal box on the application to indicate you are renewing your license.

Annual Report of Activities

  • Education/Exhibition, Scientific Collection and Propagation licensees are required to complete and submit an annual report of activities each year as specified by their license conditions. Report forms are available in the table above.

License Amendments

  • License amendments should be submitted using the appropriate application for the license type available in the table above.
  • Check the "License Amendment" box on the application and follow the instructions on the last page of the application.

Designated Agents Form

  • Designated agents assisting the licensee on or off premises, must be listed on the licensee's license as a designated agent prior to conducting any activities authorized by the license. Designated agents can be added to licenses by completing the Designated Agent Form.

Applicable Laws and Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR):

  • 6 NYCRR Part 175 Special Licenses and Permits - Definitions and Uniform Procedures
  • 6 NYCRR Part 182 Endangered and Threatened Species of Fish and Wildlife; Species of Special Concern

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
The following links leave DEC's website

  • §11-0535 Endangered and Threatened Species, Species of Special Concern
  • §11-0536 Sale of Certain Wild Animals or Wild Animal Products Prohibited
  • §11-0537 Bald and Golden Eagles; Prohibited Acts

Contact Information

Please contact the Special Licenses Unit with any questions or concerns about qualifying or applying for these licenses.

DEC Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4752
Phone: 518-402-8985
E-mail: speciallicenses@dec.ny.gov

For other permit or license requirements as noted in the table above, please contact the appropriate organization listed below.

Other Related License Types

The following licenses are also issued by DEC for endangered and threatened species:

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