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Applicant/Violator System (AVS)

The Applicant Violator System (AVS) is an automated information system owned and operated by OSMRE. Information on applicants, permittees, operators, application and permit records, as well as unabated or uncorrected environmental violations of SMCRA are maintained in this nationwide database for OSMRE’s Federal and State programs.

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The primary purpose of AVS is to assist OSMRE and States in making a permit eligibility determination required under section 510(c) of SMCRA for applicants of surface coal mining permits. Section 510(c) of SMCRA prohibits issuance of a new permit to any applicant who owns or controls mining operations having unabated or uncorrected violations anywhere in the United States until those violations are abated or corrected or are in the process of being abated or corrected to the satisfaction of the agency with jurisdiction over the violation. The data contained in AVS also assists OSMRE and States in determining the eligibility of bidders on Abandoned Mine Land program contracts under Title IV of SMCRA.

30 CFR Section 874.16 - Contractor Eligibility: To receive AML funds, every successful bidder for an AML contract must be eligible under 30 CFR §§ 773.12, 773.13 and 773.14 of this chapter at the time of contract award to receive a permit or provisionally issued permit to conduct surface coal mining operations.

AML Contractor Information Form 2024

AML Contractor Information Form Instructions


A copy of your business' current ownership and control information may be obtained by one of the following methods: 

  1. Contact the AVS Office at (800) 643-9748 and request an e-mailed PDF of this information; or 
  2. Log into the AVS system as a guest.

    Once you access the AVS, relationship information can be obtained through searching the Entity Module, selecting a record, and viewing the "Relationships" tab. Alternatively, you can go to the Reports Module, and select "Entity OFT Report" and then generate an organizational family tree (OFT) report for your business.

If you notice that your ownership and control information needs to be updated by the AVS Office, we request the following: 

  1. Ownership and control changes are signed and submitted by an officer currently listed on the business’s organizational family tree; or 
  2. Ownership and control changes are submitted by an individual with a valid submission certificate signed by an officer on the business’s organizational family tree. Blank submission certificates may be obtained by contacting 

Contact information for state and federal AVS users can be found on the AVS Office User Assistance Liaisons List.

For More Information

Questions regarding the AVS should be sent to:
AVS Help at or 1-800-643-9748