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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 eAuthentication. ePermits requires that users have a “Verified Identity” authentication account in order to submit a permit application.  Identity verification can be done online if you are able to answer the verification questions.  If you unable or unwilling to answers the online questions, you may visit a USDA Service Center in-person to have your identity verified. 

To obtain an authentication account to access ePermits:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the Create Account tab.  
  3. Select your User Type (generally, Customer)  
  4. Enter your email address. 
  5. You will receive a confirmation email from with the subject “eAuth – Confirm e-mail”.  Click the Continue Registration link in the confirmation e-mail. 
  6. Back on the eAuth web site, enter your name and set up a password.  
  7. Don’t click “Log in to your application”.  Instead, select Manage Account, then Update Account, then Continue to login Page.   
  8. Enter user ID (email address) and the password you just created. 
  9. Click the link (in the middle of the right side of the page) to Verify My Identity.    
  10. Select Verify My Identity Online.   
  11. Agree to the terms of service. 
  12. To begin the verification process, enter your address, phone, birthday and social security number.  
  13. The system will ask personal identity verification questions. If you are able to answer the questions, your “Verified Account” will be created.   (If you are not able to answer the online identity verification questions, you can present your Government issued photo ID at a USDA Local Registration Authority (LRA) office in order to have your identity verified.) 
  14.  Click Continue on the “Identity Verification Success” page. 
  15. Click Continue to Application on the “Account Information” page. 
  16. You should now be in the ePermits system.      

eAuthentication Technical Support

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

Plants or Plant Products Import Permit Applications must be submitted through APHIS eFile as of September 2021

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

As of November 2021, you must submit Protected Plants import permit applications through APHIS eFile.

VS 16-3

Application for Permit to Import Controlled Material or Transport Organisms or Vectors

Animal Products, Organisms or Vectors import and transport permit applications (16 6A permits) should use APHIS eFile beginning early November, 2020.

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)

Application for Import or in Transit Permit (for Live Animals, Semen or Embryos); Live Animals Import and Transit permit applications should use APHIS eFile beginning September 2021.

On Hold

On Hold Shipment Notification

On Hold Shipment Notification; If you have a 16-3 permit application or have been issued a 16-6A permit in the APHIS eFile system, or your material does not require a permit, use eFile to apply for On Hold assistance.

If you have a 16-3 permit application or have been issued a 16-6A permit in the ePermits system, use ePermits to apply for On Hold assistance.

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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