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Sale of Elephant and Mammoth Ivory or Rhinoceros Horn

License Details

This permit authorizes the sale, trade, barter or distribution of legally acquired elephant or mammoth ivory or rhinoceros horn articles.

Fee License Duration
No Fee 1 year from date of issuance

What This License Allows:

View list of restrictions, authorized activities and frequently asked questions (PDF) (121KB) for sale, purchase, trade, barter or distribution of legally acquired ivory or horn articles/products.

How to Apply

  1. Have the following items or documents:
    • Photograph of the article/item(s)
    • Historical documentation establishing the following:
      • the age of the article
      • the percentage of ivory or horn composition of the article (made up of less than 20% percent ivory or horn for intrastate sale; no restriction on interstate sale)
    • One or more of the following documents that denotes the age of the article or date of manufacture:
      • U.S. Customs records
      • Bill of sale or receipt
      • Scientific test results determining the age
      • Dated photographs or media articles
      • Other documentation
    • For transfer or donation for scientific or education purposes only:
      • Formal project proposal or education program outline
      • Resumes or Curriculum Vitae of researchers or educators
    • For certain mammoth ivory distributions to museums: documentation establishing the article is a mammoth species.
  2. Complete and submit the following forms:

Other Pertinent Information

Purchasing Ivory or Horn

Any person who purchases an article containing elephant/mammoth ivory or rhinoceros horn in the state must receive a copy of the seller's NYS ivory or horn permit and keep it with the articles.

License Amendments/Changes

To add additional articles or items to an existing permit, you must submit a written request for amendment along with the required documentation above

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the expiration date noted on the license. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2-weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us.

Annual Reporting

Complete and submit annual report prior to the expiration date noted on the license.

Laws & Regulations

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Please visit New York State Legislature (Leaves DEC website)

  • 11-0535: Endangered and Threatened Species
  • 11-0535-A: Illegal Ivory Articles and Rhinoceros Horns
  • 11-0536: Sale of Certain Wild Animals or Wild Animal Products Prohibited

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Contact Information

DEC Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov
(518) 402-8985

Additional Resources and Information

Other Related or Similar Licenses

DEC also issues the following licenses for permitting sale of articles or items made of endangered or threatened species:

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