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. This permit is renewed on a two-year cycle.

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. Continuing education credits are required to maintain a permit, see regulations link below.

Code of Maryland Regulations for Wildlife Rehabilitation

How to Apply

The following are required for new applicants:

The following are required for progression to Master level:

Request by E-mail:

Request by Phone:
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
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave., E-1
Annapolis MD 21401

The Tawes State Office Building is open to customers by appointment only; walk-in customers will not be accepted without a confirmed appointment.

To schedule wildlife permit appointments please email wildlifepermits.dnr@maryland.gov or call 410-260-8540.