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North Carolina

   North Carolina State Ginseng Laws 


All ginseng dealers shall obtain a permit from the Plant Industry Division of the Department prior to purchasing ginseng (no change)

A ginseng dealer shall pay the following fee for a permit:

(A) Resident unlimited quantity – $100.00; (B) Resident limited (up to 100 pounds per license period) – $50.00; (C) Non-resident – $500.00

The buying season for wild or wild-simulated green ginseng is September 1 through March 31 (formerly April 1)

The buying season for wild or wild-simulated dry ginseng is September 15 through March 31 (formerly April 1). Dealer shall submit copies of purchase records monthly between September 1 and March 31.
Annual dealer reports shall be provided to the Department at the end of the purchase season. The report must be submitted no later than April 30

A copy of end of season weight receipt shall be provided to the Department for any ginseng roots possessed by a dealer at the end of the buying season. The receipt must be retained by the dealer and presented at the time of any future certification of the ginseng for export.


The ginseng harvest season shall be from September 1 through December 31 (formerly April 1).There are no exceptions to this season of harvest (formerly regulations allowed harvest or sale of ginseng outside the harvest season with completion of “Statement Indicating Legal Collection of Ginseng from One's Own Land”).There are no allowances to sell WILD Ginseng outside the season (formerly ginseng collected during the legal harvest season could be sold outside of the season under a completed “Record of Harvest Season Collection” signed by an Inspector before the end of the harvest).

Individuals collecting ginseng on the lands of another for any purpose shall, at timeof collection, have on his or her person written permission from the landowner


An export certification fee of three dollars ($3.00) per pound is required and the certification fee must be paid at the time of the inspection and issuance of the export certificate (formerly no fee). [Repealed July 1, 2011]


All ginseng imported into North Carolina from other states must obtain the appropriate certificates from the state of origin, which must be presented to a Department representative at the time of inspection.


May be dug and sold at any time during the year provided that the grower's ginseng has been certified as Cultivated Ginseng by a Department representative.State export certificate are NOT required as long as a copy of the certification records accompany the ginseng.


Legal harvest season for wild Ginseng harvest is September 1 to December 31 with landowner permission only.  Ginseng may not be harvested on State lands and National Parks. A permit is required for ginseng harvest in National Forests.  3-prong or larger plants may be collected; one or two prong plants should be left.  Selling or trading ginseng requires a dealer permit

For export, plants must have 3 leaves (prongs), and the root must be at least 5 years old, with 5 growth scars on the root neck. Please harvest and replant red berries.

All information courtesy of NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

For more information about North Carolina Ginseng laws, check out the North Carolina Ginseng page here.

ALWAYS be sure you understand and follow all State and Federal Ginseng laws. This information is only a guide; be sure to check with your state for the most recent laws and regulations.

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