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Online and Phone Sporting Licenses Issuing System

Important Information

Before making an online or phone purchase through our automated licensing system, please review the following:

  • Hunting Licenses/Tags:
    • You must wait 14 business days to receive licenses & tags in the mail before going hunting. The receipt of purchase / phone confirmation number is NOT valid proof to perform hunting activities. To receive licenses/tags instantly, visit a sporting license issuing agent location.
    • The 2017-18 season licenses & Deer Management Permits will go on sale beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
    • Hunting & Trapping licenses are valid from September 1 - August 31 annually.
    • New Year licenses go on sale in August each year.
  • Fishing Licenses & Recreational Marine Fishing Registry:
    • When making an online transaction you can choose to immediately print the license/registration by clicking on the "Print Now" button and/or have it sent by mail by clicking on the "Send by Mail" button. If neither button is clicked you will not receive a license/registration in the mail or be given the opportunity to print one out.
    • When making a phone transaction, the confirmation number (ex: DEC-LS-99999999) can be used as valid proof of your fishing license or marine registry.
  • Trapping Licenses: same as fishing licenses above
  • Children 15 & younger: A parent/legal guardian must assist with purchases to validate information

Get Your Sporting Licenses or Register for Marine Fishing

If you have trouble making a transaction, call the phone number above for assistance. You may also get licenses at a sporting license issuing agent location near you.


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