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Notice from FWS regarding new online permit system

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently launched a new online permitting system. (Note that this system is hosted on a contractor’s server, not on fws.gov, and it may sometime generate emails from non-fws.gov domains). 

You may have received an email on Friday, February 12 instructing you to log in to your FWS permit account. This email was accidentally generated and no action is required on your part. 

Ornithologists who are members of the 10 societies that make up the OC are encouraged to contact the OC staff at any time if you have questions, need help with permits, or are not getting a response from FWS. 

From the FWS:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently migrated our historic permit data from our old data management system to our new system, which is called ePermits. As part of this migration accounts were created in the system for those with active permits or pending applications. You may have mistakenly received an email from fwsepermits@servicenowservices.com on Friday, 2/12/21 regarding application creation. If so, please disregard the email. No action is needed at this time. Please accept our apology for any confusion the inadvertent email may have caused. 

For many of you, this might be the first time you are hearing of ePermits. This is not the introduction that we had hoped to share with you. Nonetheless, we would like to go ahead and share some self-service resources with you if you are interested in using the system to apply for permits or check on your permit status.   

Want to Access Your Account and Permits? 

Learn How to Retrieve User Accounts and Permits

User Guide to ePermits 

This comprehensive resource includes information on creating accounts (both for individuals and businesses), setting up Multi-factor Authentication, Submitting Permit Applications, Renewal and Amendment requests, and Help Center content. 

Download the User Guide

Do I Need a Permit? 

Yes, we know it can sometimes be confusing. We have tried to break down the process of figuring it out into some simple steps for the broad range of potential permitting situations. 

Read Our Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions 

We have an article with some FAQS and answers, such as how to reset your password, why we use two step (multi-factor) authentication for logging in, and information about business accounts. 

See Answers to Frequently Asked Questions  

More Specific Questions 

If you have more specific questions about certain permit applications, you may find helpful content in our Help Center


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