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PSA: Still taking about 9 months to get an PPQ-526 Permit for non native species


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#1 Offline aznphenom - Posted February 5 2024 - 6:29 AM

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Still took exactly 9 months to get a new permit. I was surprised because I previously had a permit so I was expecting an expedited process. This one involved no communications or updates to the permit at all while the 1st one involved a lot of steps. I just assumed after months that they either forgot about to the application or silently rejected it then 9 months later, I woke up to an email telling me to sign the new permit. This does pretty much confirms to my theory of the APHIS team prioritizing their job duty. Which make sense. 2-3 people for the whole country of 300mil+, it would be a full time job of a person or team just to deal with permit requests. On a good note. Permit is now valid for 3 years vs 2 years of the last one.


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#2 Offline cutchins - Posted February 11 2024 - 7:56 AM

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How long does a renewal of an existing one take? 



#3 Offline futurebird - Posted February 11 2024 - 12:54 PM

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It's kind of insulting how they call them "pests" on the form. 


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 11 2024 - 2:33 PM

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I, for one, don’t think it should be easy to get these permits.
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#5 Offline cutchins - Posted February 11 2024 - 2:43 PM

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I, for one, don’t think it should be easy to get these permits.

 

Agreed! But if you meet all the criteria, creating an artificial and arduous wait-time doesn't seem helpful nor does it seem like it would provide any additional protection for local environments, etc.  Build the protections into the criteria used for granting the permit and make sure the process only takes as long as is really necessary. 

 

I'm curious about the wait time for a renewal because if it takes 9 months and the permit is only good for 2 years, or 3 now, that's really [censored]. The wait time should not eat into the time the permit is active. 

 

I don't think my Federal Firearms license took 9 months, for comparison. I think it was more like 2 months. Though, to be fair, the ATF is probably much better funded and able to process paperwork than APHIS.


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