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Annual Mining Claim Filing Requirements

Assessment Year 2006




* The annual maintenance fees for mining claims, due to BLM on or before September 1, 2006 are $125 per claim..

* New mining claims recorded with the BLM are $170 per claim. This includes a $30 location fee, $125 maintenance fee, and $15 service charge.

The current assessment year began 12 noon September 1 2005, and ends 12 noon September 1, 2006.

Every year you must file either a Claim Maintenance Fee or a Maintenance Fee Waiver Certificate (Waiver).

Additionally, if you file a Waiver you must also file an Affidavit of Performance of Annual Labor or a Notice of Intent to Hold.

Claim Maintenance Fee payments must be made on or before September 1, 2006. These payments are made in advance of the current assessment year. The fee is $125 per claim. Make checks payable to Department of the Interior/BLM. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.

Waivers must be filed on or before September 1, 2006. Waivers are also filed in advance of the current assessment year. Service fees are not required when filing a Waiver. For additional Waiver information see 43 CFR 3835. To qualify for a Waiver you shall meet the following conditions:

1. Hold or control no more then 10 mining claims, mill sites, or tunnel sites nationwide.

2. File Form 3830-2, Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification with BLM that includes name, address, and original signatures of all owners. Also list claim names and serial numbers.

3. Complete the assessment work for the current assessment year prior to September 1, 2006. A Waiver requested by September 1, 2005 necessitates filing an Affidavit of Assessment Work or Notice of Intent to Hold by December 30, 2006. The service fee is $10 per claim.

Additionally, file a Proof of Labor or Notice of Intent to Hold with the County Recorder's Office where your claims are located.

Courtesy copies of these documents are provided to you at no charge from the State of Arizona, Department of Mines and Mineral Resources.

As an owner you are responsible for filing paperwork on time. You may wish to send your documents by certified mail or express mail to ensure delivery. We process a large volume of mail and cannot provide information on the status of documents you have submitted. Ordinarily, you will receive a receipt from us within 7 to 14 days. If you have not received your receipt you may want to check with the bank to see if your check has cleared.

Filings postmarked after September 1, 2006 will not be accepted. We will no longer accept filings mailed to our previous address. Our current address is:

Bureau of Land Management

Arizona State Office

One North Central Avenue

Suite 800

Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427

Questions can be directed to our Information Access Center at 602-417-9200 between the hours of 9am and 4:00pm. You may also contact the Mining Claim Adjudication Staff at 602-417-9518.

REVISED: 06/06/06

Claim Forms (pdf format, right click a link to save the form)

Form 3830-2, Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification

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BLM fees vary in every state. FYI

anybody can stake over someone else's lot, and the blm will collect the fees from everyone. They figure that if there really is a valuable commercial deposit, the original claimnant will start litigation to protect their rights over the others. Doesn't cost the BLM anything, beside they're not in the litigation business unless it's over land damage, at which time, ALL active claim holders on a specific parcel will be given notice to appear in court. another FYI

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