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Register for ePermits

Login to ePermits Registered users may access the ePermits system at

To access ePermits, you must have a USDA eAuthentication account. eAuthentication is a registration system that enables customers to access USDA Web applications and services via the Internet.

The USDA eAuthentication system supports different levels of authentication. ePermits requires a Level 2 authentication for most permit applications.

Exceptions to the Level 2 requirement are made for the APHIS Form 2005 (Application for Permit for the Research and Evaluation or Transit Shipment of Veterinary Biological Products) and also for some biotechnology epermits and notifications. Please view Biotechnology eAuthentication Requirements for more information.

eAuthentication Account:

Reset forgotten User ID or Password

  • If you are unable to reset your password online and are receiving a message such as:

    • Your USDA eAuthentication account has been disabled due to inactivity
    • You cannot access your account at this time
    • eAuthentication Status – Account Expired

Contact the eAuthentication Helpdesk to have your account unlocked:

  • Each person who uses USDA eAuthentication must use his or her own user id. No sharing is allowed. USDA reserves the right to terminate any account if this policy is violated.

Applications that can be submitted online through ePermits:

Application Form Application Name
PPQ 525A Application for Permit to Receive Soil
PPQ 526 Application and Permit to Move Live Plant Pests or Noxious Weeds
PPQ 546 Agreement for Postentry Quarantine State Screening Notice
PPQ 585 Application for Permit to Import Timber or Timber Products
PPQ 586 Application for Permit to Transit Plants and/or Plant Products, Plant Pests, and/or Associated Soil, through the United States
PPQ 587 Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products
PPQ 588 Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products for Experimental Purposes
PPQ 621 Application for General Permit to Engage in the Business of Importing, Exporting, or Reexporting Terrestrial Plants
VS 16-3 Application for Permit to Import Controlled Material or Transport Organisms or Vectors
VS 16-7 Application for Permit to Import Cell Cultures and Their Products (Supplemental to the VS 16-3)
VS 17-129 Application for Import or in Transit Permit (for Live Animals, Semen or Embryos)
APHIS 2005 Application for United States Veterinary Biological Product Permit
On Hold On Hold Shipment Notification
BRS 2000 Application for Permit or Courtesy Permit for Movement or Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms
BRS Notification Notification of Movement or Release of a Genetically Engineered Plant

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