Taxidermist and Fur Tanner Permit/License

A Maryland Taxidermist and Fur-Tanner License is required for each person within the State of Maryland to do taxidermy work for a person other than himself. Anyone applying for a Taxidermist and Fur Tanner's License (after July 1988) is required to take a written examination and submit recent work samples for evaluation by the Department of Natural Resources.

NOTE: If you intend to perform taxidermy work of any type on migratory birds, you must also obtain a Taxidermy Permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Service of Law Enforcement, PO Box 779, Hadley MA 01035-0779. Phone: (413) 253-8643.

Once you have completed a formal application for a Maryland Taxidermist and Fur Tanner's License, you must take the written test and submit your mount on the date of your test no later than 90 days after filing your application. An application fee of $50.00 is due on your test date.

If you do not pass the first test, you may take the test two more times during the period July 1 to June 30. If you take the test three times without passing, your application will no longer be valid and you must wait 12 months from the date of the last test date to reapply.

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To apply for the Taxidermist & Fur Tanner Permit/License, please download and print the application below. You may mail the application and the check or you may bring them with you when you come to take your test. You must call to Connie Roberts, Permits Coordinator, 301-478-2690, to schedule a time to take your test.

Wildlife Permits Coordinator
MD DNR- Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave E-1
Annapolis MD 21401

Remember, the application must be fully completed. Make your check or money order for $50.00 payable to: The Department of Natural Resources.

Application for Taxidermist & Fur Tanner 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