Last updated July 2020

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Shirl Dressler-Seltzer
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Wildlife Permit Specialist
PO Box 3337
Henrico, VA 23228

Is a state permit needed for banding?


Permit application forms

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.


Statute: Code of Virginia. Title 29.1. Game, Inland Fisheries and Boating

§ 29.1-418. Collecting specimens.

The fee for a permit to collect specimens of fish, wild birds, wild animals and amphibians, in limited quantity, for scientific or museum purposes shall be established pursuant to § 29.1-417. Such permits may be issued to collect a certain number of specimens of one or more designated species when the collection is shown to be an essential part of a specific research project.

Regulation: Virginia Administrative Code. Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources.

4VAC15-30-10. Possession, Importation, Sale, Etc., of Wild Animals.

Under the authority of §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-521 of the Code of Virginia it shall be unlawful to take, possess, conduct research, import, cause to be imported, export, cause to be exported, buy, sell, offer for sale, or liberate within the Commonwealth any wild animal unless otherwise specifically permitted by law or regulation. Unless otherwise stated, for the purposes of identifying species regulated by the board, when both the scientific and common names are listed, the scientific reference to genus and species will take precedence over common names.

Virginia state endangered species law

Statute: Code of Virginia. Title 29.1. Game, Inland Fisheries, and Boating. 

§ 29.1-564. Taking, transportation, sale, etc., of endangered species prohibited.

The taking, transportation, possession, sale, or offer for sale within the Commonwealth of any fish or wildlife appearing on any list of threatened or endangered species published by the United States Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the provisions of the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-205), or any modifications or amendments thereto, is prohibited except as provided in § 29.1-568.

State-listed species as of March 2020


Bachman’s Warbler (=wood) (Vermivora bachmanii)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis)
Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii dougallii)
Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)


Bachman’s Sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis)
Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica)
Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)