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DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS)

2020-21 Hunting and Trapping licenses go on sale on August 10, 2020. Deer management permits (DMPs) will be available from August 10, 2020 until midnight on October 1, 2020. Chances of being selected for a DMP remain the same throughout the entire application period.

Get Your Sporting Licenses or Register for Marine Fishing

  • Buy your sporting license online here
  • By Phone: 1-866-933-2257 (Beginning August 10, the DEC call center is accessible from 8 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays through October 1. Regular call center weekday hours will resume on October 2.

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.

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 2020-21 season licenses & deer management permits will go on sale beginning August 10, 2020.
    • 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 will automatically be sent an email with your license upon completion of the sale. You can log into your online profile at any time to reprint a copy of your fishing or marine registry.
    • When making a phone transaction, a confirmation number will be given to you that can be used as valid proof of your fishing or marine registry.
  • Trapping Licenses: same as fishing licenses above
  • Children 15 & younger: A parent/legal guardian must assist with purchases to validate information

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    Albany, NY 12233-4750
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