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Department of Natural Resources

Prospector ID Card

Who Needs This ID Card?
Anyone who wants to register in Nova Scotia as a prospector.

A Prospector ID Card enables the holder thereof the right to prospect in a preliminary way on ground open for prospecting, provided they have the landowner's permission.

The work is restricted to prospecting:
  1. outcrop and float examination;
  2. line flagging;
  3. geological and topographical mapping rock;
  4. water and overburden sampling; and
  5. geophysical surveys.
A Mineral Exploration: Licence, and Mineral or Treasure Trove: Excavation Registration , from the N.S. Department of Natural Resources is needed if any surface disruption is contemplated.
Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Where can you get further information?

Registrar
Registry of Mineral and Petroleum Titles
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Tel: 902-424-4068
Fax: 902-424-5568

 
Application Forms & Process:
Prospector registration and Applications for mineral rights are now done online. Please visit: novaroc.novascotia.ca.
Waiting Period:
Same day (if in person), 10 business days otherwise
Expiry & Renewal:
This ID Card does not expire.

Price (No Tax is Charged):
ID Card: $12.10
Related Requirements:
  1. A prospector must have a copy of the Mineral Resources Act.
  2. A prospector must have the permission of the landowner.
  3. A Mineral Exploration: Licence and an Excavation Registration from the N.S. Department of Natural Resources is required if any surface disruption is contemplated.
  4. All work conducted pursuant to this Permit must be done in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Environment Act, and all other pertinent legislation.
Additional Information:
  1. This ID Card is restricted to non-ground disturbance type of activity.
  2. The work must be conducted on unlicensed, open ground.
Legislative Authority:
Mineral Resources Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1990, Chapter 18, Section 21(2).





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