Frequently Asked Questions and Facts Index "D"
The following alphabetical index is to help you quickly find the
answer to general permit questions. The keywords lead you to frequently
asked questions and their answer, as well as links to fact sheets
and specific web pages.
[A] [B] [C] [E] [F/G/H] [I/J/K]
[R] [S] [T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z]
for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife
Declaration Form 3-177
Information for Importers and Exporters
Do I need
a permit to import or export wildlife or plants if I’m eligible
to receive duty-free and inspection waiver privileges under customs
law? Diplomatic, consular, military, and other persons
who are eligible for waiver privileges under customs laws still need
to meet the permitting and inspection requirements under wildlife conservation laws.
Do I need a permit to import
or export my domestic dog? You do not need a CITES or ESA
permit from us to import or export most domestic dogs (Canis domesticus).
Dog/wolf hybrids, however, are regulated by CITES and require a CITES
permit. If importing a hybrid into the United States, contact
country to get a CITES permit. If exporting a hybrid from
the United States, click here for an application form.
You must import or export your pet dog/wolf hybrid through a designated
port unless you have received a port exception permit. You must
notify the FWS wildlife inspection office at the port of entry or exit
at least 48 hours in advance, present our declaration
form to the wildlife inspectors, and receive clearance from us prior
to export or at the time of import. Click here for information on commercially importing and exporting wildlife or
shipping an unaccompanied dog/wolf hybrid. Contact the Center for Disease
Control to meet its requirements.
Do I need
a permit to import or export DNA? We differentiate
between DNA directly extracted from blood and tissue and DNA
- You need a permit to import or export DNA directly derived from
wildlife or plant tissue that is regulated by a wildlife conservation law.
- You do not need a permit from us to import or export synthetically
derived DNA that does not contain any part of the original template,
and if your samples do not contain any wildlife. While we
do not regulate synthetically derived DNA samples, we believe it
is important that researchers collect samples in a manner that
does not harm the wildlife and that complies with the laws of the
country where the collection occurs. Contact the foreign
country to meet its requirements. If the foreign
country requires you to have a U.S. CITES document for synthetically
derived DNA samples, click here for an application form.
Click here for information if you are commercially importing or
exporting synthetically derived DNA samples that contain wildlife,
or shipping personal items that contain such DNA samples.
- Contact the State, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
and Center for Disease
Control to meet their requirements.
CITES: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
BGEPA: Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
ESA: Endangered Species Act
MBTA: Migratory Bird Treaty Act
MMPA: Marine Mammal Protection Act
WBCA: Wild Bird Conservation Act