This application is for a permit that will entitle the person named on the permit to collect, for the period of one (1) year, vertebrate fossils on land owned or leased by the State of Florida.

The permittee must abide by all the provisions contained in Florida Statutes § 1004.575-576 and the University of Florida Regulation implementing this law.

DO NOT USE THIS FORM if you already have a permit or had one at any time in the past and wish to renew it for an additional year. Follow these instructions instead to renew. This form is only for individuals who have never had a permit before.

Print out and mail completed application to:

Program of Vertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611-7800, USA

The following must be enclosed with the filled-out application:

  1. Photocopy of applicant’s identification document (i.e., driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport).
  2. Check or money order for $5.00* in U.S. currency payable to the University of Florida. If you are sending two or more applications, just send one check for the total amount, not multiple checks of $5. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN YOUR CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS!
  3. If you need your renewed permit(s) urgently, for an extra $5 fee we will scan your permit card and email you a digit file of the scan. This email will be sent on the day we process the renewal, and so will arrive 2 to 5 days before the actual permit card in the regular mail. Include a note stating you want this service and the email address where it should be sent. Please make sure the exact spelling of the email address is correct and legible, e.g. make sure zeros (0) and letter O cannot be confused, as well as number 1, capital letter I, and lowercase letter L.

*Because of increased postage costs for mail sent to addresses outside the United States, add $1 for shipments of 1 to 3 permits and $2 for shipments of over 3 permits if this applies. This includes Canada and Mexico.This is not needed for mailing addresses within the United States.