Taxidermy Permit/License

The state of Maryland has two levels of permits for taxidermy work. A full Taxidermist and Fur-Tanner License allows for all aspects of taxidermy work while the abbreviated European Mount License is for individuals that only create skull mounts.

These permits/licenses are required for each person within the State of Maryland to do taxidermy work for a person other than themselves. Anyone applying for a taxidermy license (after July 1988) will be required to pass 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. More information on the 3-200-8: Migratory Bird Taxidermy permit can be found on their website here.​


To apply for either the Taxidermist and Fur Tanners License or the European Mount License, please contact the Permits Coordinator at the address/phone number below to schedule a time to take the written examination. You will be expected to submit a sample of your work on the date of your test. The application and 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.

Suggested Reading List for Taxidermy Applicants

Taxidermist & Fur Tanner Permit Application

European Mount Permit Application

Related Permits

Fur Dealer Permits/Licenses

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
MD DNR- Wildlife and H​eritage 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 or call 410-260-8540.