Mining Claims - Guides, Laws and Forms - Form

This section provides selected Guides, Rules and Laws regarding the staking and filing of Mining Claims in the U.S. Visit the BLM website for more information. https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/mining-and-minerals/locatable-minerals/mining-claims

BLM guide on the Adminstration of Mining Claims (pdf)

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Mining Claims Brochure BLM (pdf)

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Introduction to Mining Law Presentation (pdf)

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Mining Law Of 1872 (pdf)

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BLM Affivdavit Annual Assessment Work -Form 3830-4 (pdf)

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Maintenance Fee Payment Form Lode, Tunnel and Millsite Claims - Form 3850-5 (pdf)

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Certificate of Title on Mining Claims - Form 3860-2 (pdf)

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Maintenace Fee Payment Form Placer Claims - Form 3830-5a (pdf)

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Mineral Survey Pocedures Guide (pdf)

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Code of Federal Regulations Locating Mining Claims Title43-Vol. 2-Part 3830 (pdf)

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BLM Wire Transfer Instructions (pdf)

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Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification -Form 3830-002 (pdf)

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Notice of Intent to Locate on Stock Grazing Homestead Land- Form 3830-003_0 (pdf)

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Application for Survey of Mining Claim - Form3860-005_0 (pdf)

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Mining Claim Requirements by State

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Claim guides by State

There are 19 States in which mining claims can be located on Federal Land. The 1872 Mining Law gives individual States the option to establish their own claim requirements. State requirements can vary so it is important to check the details of the State where you are going to locate claims in and the type of claim you are going to locate. 

Check with your State BLM Office

Your state BLM office may have important information regarding claim requirements and information regarding areas which are open for location. 

Alaska

Alaska Mining Statutes and Regulation Guide Book (pdf)

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Arizona

Laws and Regulations Mineral Rights in Arizona (pdf)

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Land Status Determination Water and Mineral Rights in Arizona (pdf)

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Arizona Mining Claim Forms Oct. 2018 (pdf)

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Arizona Mining Permitting Guide 2017 (pdf)

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Arkansas

Arkansas Mining Claim Statutes (pdf)

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California

Mining Fact Sheet for 2018 - Plumas County (pdf)

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California Mining Claim Location Statutes (pdf)

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Notice of Location Placer Claim Form - California (pdf)

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Colorado

Colorado BLM Mining Packet (pdf)

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Idaho

BLM Guide to Locating Mining Claims in Idaho (pdf)

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Idaho Statutes Regarding the Staking and Location of Mining Claims (pdf)

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Idaho Mining Claim Location Notice (pdf)

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Affidavit of Assessment Work (pdf)

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Idaho Maintenance Fee Payment Form - Lode-Mills-Tunnels (pdf)

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Montana

Montana Claim Location Notice Requirements (pdf)

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Nevada

Procedures for Staking Mining Claims in Nevada (pdf)

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Mining Statutes Nevada (pdf)

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Stake Your Claim in Nevada (pdf)

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Presenation BLM Placer Claim Forum 2018 (pdf)

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New Mexico

New Mexico Mining Location Statutes (pdf)

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North Dakota

Presentation: Locating Claims in North Dakota (pdf)

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Oregon

Mining Statutes Oregon (pdf)

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How to stake a claim in Oregon (pdf)

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Recording Cover Page Oregon Counties (pdf)

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BLM Mining Claim Guide Oregon (pdf)

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South Dakota

South Dakota Mining Claim Statutes (pdf)

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Utah

Utah Statutes for Locating Mining Claims (pdf)

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Washington

Washington State Mining Statutes (pdf)

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Washington Claim Template.doc (rtf)

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Washington Document Recording Example Counties (docx)

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County Recording Cover Letter Form (pdf)

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BLM Mining Claim Guide Washington (pdf)

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Wyoming

Location of Mining Claims in Wyoming (pdf)

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Prospecting for Gold in Wyoming (pdf)

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Wyoming Mining Claim Statutes (pdf)

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BLM Glossary of Surveying and Mapping Terms (pdf)

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