Mail the following items to:

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

  1. Your name (as it appears on the permit) and your permit number (listed on your permit card).
  2. Check or money order for $5.00* in U.S. currency payable to the University of Florida. If you are renewing two or more permits, just send one check for the total amount, not multiple checks of $5. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.
  3. If your mailing or email address or phone number have changed, please send updates so we can keep our database current and that your renewed permit will be mailed to your current address.
  4. If you have not already submitted a signed report form covering the last year your permit was valid, one must be included in the renewal package. Failure to submit a report form will prevent the Program of Vertebrate Paleontology from issuing you a renewed permit.
  5. If you need your renewed permit(s) urgently, for an extra $5 fee we will scan your permit card and email you a digital 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 the letter O cannot be confused, as well as the number 1, the capital letter I, and the 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.

If your permit has expired, it should be renewed (do not apply for a new permit). Even if it was last valid many years ago. If you errantly made vertebrate fossil collections on state land following the expiration date, these must be reported on a report form with a special notation. If you do not remember your permit number or the exact dates when it was last valid, then email the vertebrate paleontology divison and they will look that information up for you.

Updated October 14, 2022