Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit/License

In Maryland, there is a large network of volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitators who take care of orphaned, sick or injured wildlife until they can be released safely back to the wild.

Any properly accredited person in Maryland who desires to provide care and treatment for the rehabilitation and release back to the wild of orphaned, sick or injured wildlife, shall first obtain a Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit/License from the Department of Natural Resources.

Among the requirements for this permit are proof of adequate training in the capture, handling and care of wildlife. Also the applicant must have facilities, owned or leased, which are of sufficient size and design to properly maintain the permitted wildlife in captivity. Part of the permit process will be the designation of the species and numbers of wildlife that will be authorized to be possessed at any given time.

How to Obtain an Application

Click on names of pdf documents below to download. Please note: All may be required to complete your Application Process.

Code of Maryland Regulations for Wildlife Rehabilitation

Application for Apprentice Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit

Affidavit for Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit

Sponsor's Checklist

Statement of Veterinary Support

Apprenticeship Agreement  (when applicable)

Availability Questionnaire for Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit

Request by E-mail:
(include US Mailing Address)

Request by Phone:
(410) 260-8540
Toll-free in Maryland: 1-877-620-8DNR [8367], Extension 8540
TTY: Maryland Relay via 1-800-735-2258 or 711

Request by Mail:
Wildlife Permit Coordinator
MD DNR- Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave., E-1
Annapolis MD 21401