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Get Your Sporting Licenses or Register for Marine Fishing

Buy your sporting license online here *

If you need assistance with your online purchase, please check out our help center links below:

Buy your sporting license by phone at 1-866-933-2257 *

* For online and phone sales, freshwater fishing, marine fishing, and trapping licenses will be emailed for immediate use. Habitat & Access Stamps are also emailed. Hunting licenses must be mailed via USPS-please allow up to 14 business days for receipt. You may also get licenses in person at a license issuing agent near you.

If you have trouble making a transaction, please use the contact form, email us directly, or call 1-866-933-2257.

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 2022-23 season licenses & deer management permits will go on sale the week of August 1, 2022.
    • Hunting & Trapping licenses are valid from September 1 - August 31 annually.
    • New annual 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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  • For help with PDFs on this page, please call 518-402-8845.
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  • NYSDEC Fish and Wildlife
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233-4750
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