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Unpatented mining claims are claims in which the claim holder owns the mineral rights to the property but not the surface land. The surface belongs to the U.S. government and is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and/or the U.S. Forest Service. Surface access for the mineral rights owner is gauranteed under the 1872 mining law but rules and regulations do apply. The county in which the claim is located maintains claim records of unpatented mining claims as required by law and collects a fee for this service. Claim requirements very by state a complete list of state and federal laws and regulations is available on our website by clicking the button below.
Location Certificates have been filed for all mineral claims with the County Recorder where the claims are located. The Federal Mining Claim numbers are listed on the respective properties or are pending and will be completed prior to the closing of the sale. Each mining claim or group of claims has been thoroughly researched to confirm that it is located on lands that are open to claim staking and that there are no conflicts of record or on the ground with other existing claims.
Payment is accepted by PayPal, cash, personal check, cashiers’ check or wire transfers. Upon successful verification of funds, the claim or claims will be transferred to the new owner by Quitclaim Deed recorded in the County in which the claim is situated and the BLM State Office in the State where the claims are located. A $100 closing fee is assessed per transaction (not per claim). Financing and terms are available on a case by case basis.
All sales are final the claim owner is responsible for all subsequent filings, including the Proof of Assessment Work or Notice of Intent to Hold on claim groups of 10 claims or less with a single owner, on claim groups over 10 claims the BLM charges an annual maintenance fee of $155 due on September 1st of each year. Check with your state BLM office for more information regarding claim fees and due dates. Kurt J. Hoffman Mining Services can be retained to maintain your annual filings. Geological and technical support is also available contact us regarding fees
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