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Free Miner Certificate (FMC) and BCeID

I am not an expert on mining law - I am just trying to help. Use the information in this website at your own risk. See the Notice at the bottom of this page.
A person, corporation or partnership must have a valid: You don't need a FMC for Recreational Hand Panning.

BCeID

A BCeID is a sort of general purpose username for dealing with the BC government.

To be able to get a placer claim, you need a "Business" BCeID even if you get an Individual Free Miner Certificate. There is no charge, but you must prove your identity in BC. When it asks about your "business type", select "Proprietorship".

For more information, see the government's FAQ page and click on BCeID under MTO: Mineral Titles Online.

Free Miner Certificate (FMC)

A Free Miner Certificate (FMC) gives you the right to:

A FMC does not give you the right to:

If you do any of these things and you don't already have the right to do them, you could lose your FMC and all your placer claims.

Requirements to Get a FMC

To get a FMC, you must be at least 18 years old and be one of the following:

The cost of a FMC for an individual is $25 per year (beginning when the FMC is issued) or, if the individual is 65 years or older, there is no cost.

A corporation, trust company, insurer or chartered bank that is registered in BC can acquire or renew a FMC at a cost of $500 per year.

A partnership registered in BC can acquire or renew a FMC at a cost of $25 per year if all partners are individuals, or $500 per year if any partners are corporations.

How to Acquire a FMC

A person who has a FMC or had one in the past must renew it using the Mineral Titles Online (MTO) System. A Business BCeID and password are required to logon.

You can also print your own FMC using the MTO System. For more information, see the FMC FAQ - the Free Miner Certificate Frequently Asked Questions.

A person who has never held a FMC, may apply in person to:

You may also apply by mail. The FMC application form is available at Forms. The completed form and a cheque for either $25 for an individual or $500 for a corporation, payable to the Minister of Finance, may be mailed to:

Mineral Titles Branch
300-865 Hornby Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6Z 2G3

For More Information

For more information on Free Miner Certificates, see:


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