The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing approximately 245 million acres of Federal surface estate and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. In the past, miners would have accessed the BLM’s Legacy Rehost system, commonly known as LR2000, to do research. While helpful, that system was also frustrating to use, so you’ll be happy to know that LR2000 has been decommissioned and the NEW Mineral Land Records System (MLRS) has taken its place.
MLRS is a geospatially enabled online land information system that allows miners to more readily research land status, discover mining claim activity, file new claims, pay fees, and more. Signing up for a MLRS account is useful if you have business with the BLM involving mining claims. MLRS is free to use, and there are no additional fees to create an account.When you sign up for an MLRS account, you get access to several useful tools that will enhance your BLM experience— file and manage your claims, receive real-time status updates, access advanced mapping tools, and interact with the BLM online.You should register with MLRS if you are a:
• Recreational miner
• Small mining business owner
• Large mining corporation employee
• Mining association member
• Person who is interested in bookmarking research maps or saving your search results
Your account type is determined by your needs.
• Create a personal account if you own your claims as an individual and will be the only user within the account.
• Create a business account if your claims are owned by a business, you plan to add employees to the account, and/or you will be using a business email.
As the capabilities of MLRS grow in the future, an even wider range of mission-critical BLM services and products such as permits, leases, rights-of-way, the ability to provide electronic signatures on documents, and more will be available. In the meantime, check out the new system that offers state-of the-art mineral and land records transactions, tracking, and mapping. With the new system, you’ll get your research done much faster than using topo maps, and that means more boots-on-the-ground prospecting time this summer!