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Fishing and Hunting Licenses

2016 Disabled Veteran Sport Fishing and Hunting Licenses – Fee $7.30

Reduced-fee licenses are available for any honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces with a service–connected disability rating of 50% or greater.

To prequalify to purchase a disabled veteran license, submit a letter from the Veteran’s Administration documenting that you were honorably discharged from the US military and have a service–connected disability rating of 50% or greater. After your eligibility has been verified, your customer record will be updated. Once you receive notification from the Department that your customer record has been updated, you will be able to purchase a low cost disabled veteran sport fishing license and/or hunting license anywhere licenses are sold.

2016 Recovering Service Member Sport Fishing and Hunting Licenses - Fee $7.30

Reduced-fee hunting licenses are available for recovering service members. The Fish and Game Code defines a recovering service member as a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or a Reserve, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy and is in an outpatient status while recovering from a serious injury or illness related to the member’s military service.

Submit a letter from your commanding officer or from a military medical doctor verifying your eligibility as a recovering service member. Please have your commanding officer or military medical doctor include the expected recovery date in your verification letter. The Department will enter this date into your customer profile and allow you to renew your license until this date without submitting another letter from your commanding officer or doctor.

How to Prequalify for a Disabled Veteran or Recovering Service Member License

Send a photocopy of your identification and documentation of eligibility by:

Include:

  • Identification -
    • Your driver’s license; and 
    • Your GO ID number (from your previously issued ALDS fishing or hunting license).  If you do not have a GO ID number, create a customer record online to obtain a GO ID number.
  • A letter documenting your eligibility
    • Disabled Veterans must submit a letter from the Veteran’s Administration.
    • Recovering Service Members must submit a letter from their Commanding Officer or a military doctor.
  • Telephone number
  • Email address (optional, but may expedite issuance)
  • For hunting licenses only - proof of hunter education (Proof is not needed if you purchased a California hunting license after 2011. CDFW will have your hunter education on file.)

2016 Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License for Low-Income Seniors (65 years or older) - Fee $6.95

Fish and Game Code, Section 7150, authorizes CDFW to issue Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing Licenses to anglers who meet specific criteria. Additional validations or cards are required for certain species and must be purchased at the regular fee. Any person 65 years of age or older who is a resident of California and whose total monthly income from all sources does not exceed the income levels below. Income Verification from your Social Security office is required annually.

  • $889.40 for single persons, or
  • $1,496.20 for married persons (combined income).

How to Apply for a Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License for Low-Income Seniors

Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing Licenses that require income verification must be renewed each year at CDFW License Sales Office (in person or by mail).

Print Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License Application (PDF)

2016 Free Sport Fishing Licenses

Fish and Game Code, Section 7151, authorizes the CDFW to issue Free Sport Fishing Licenses to anglers who meet specific criteria. Additional validations or cards are required for certain species and areas and must be purchased at the regular fee.

Free Sport Fishing Licenses are available for anglers who meet any of these criteria:

  1. Any person, with central vision acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the aid of the best possible correcting glasses, or central vision acuity better than 20/200 if the widest diameter of the remaining visual field is no greater than 20 degrees. Certification of blindness by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist is required. Any person who was issued this license under this criteria through ALDS may renew their licenses at any CDFW license agentCDFW license sales office or online.
    Print Free Sport Fishing License Application - Blind (PDF)

  2. Any person who is a resident of the State and who is so severely physically disabled as to be permanently unable to move from place to place without the aid of a wheelchair, walker, forearm crutches or a comparable mobility-related device. Verification by a licensed physician or a copy of the previous year's free fishing license is required. Any person who was issued this license under this criteria through ALDS may renew their licenses at any CDFW license agentCDFW license sales office or online.
    Print Free Sport Fishing License Application - Mobility Impaired (PDF)

  3. Any developmentally disabled person. Certification by a licensed physician or the director of a State regional center is required. Any person who was issued this license under this criteria through ALDS may renew their licenses at any CDFW license agentCDFW license sales office or online.
    Print Free Sport Fishing License Application - Developmentally Disabled (PDF)

  4. Any Native American or lineal descendant who is a resident of the State and whose total annual income does not exceed $11,770 for the head of the household, plus $4,070 for each additional family member living with them. Certification by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A.) or proof of being on a tribal registry is required. Verification of income is required annually.
    Print Free Sport Fishing License Application - Low Income Native Americans (PDF)

 

How to Apply for a Free Sport Fishing License

Complete the appropriate application above and follow the instructions to obtain your first license. All applications will be reviewed and eligibility will be verified prior to license issuance. Allow 15 business days for review and processing of your application. After your first free sport fishing license has been issued, if you qualify for the license based on disability, you may renew your license from any CDFW license agentCDFW license sales officeor online.

Low-income Native Americans must apply for their sport fishing licenses at a CDFW License Sales Office (in person or by mail) each year where their income will be verified annually.

Disabled Entitlements

Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License - NO FEE

Available to any resident or nonresident for mobility impaired disabled hunter who must use a motor vehicle to pursue game. A person must be either permanently or fully confined to a wheel chair, a single or double amputee above the knee or double amputee below the knee or depend upon the aid of a walker, crutches, etc. to walk. Certification from the hunter's physician is required. The license is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.

Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License Application (PDF Form)

Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit- NO FEE

Available to any resident or nonresident visually impaired hunter having a permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs the vision of a hunter, preventing the hunter from viewing and aligning the sights of a muzzle-loading rifle with the target in order to hunt deer. A visually disabled hunter may use a scope of no more than one power while hunting under the conditions of a muzzle-loading deer hunt tag. Certification from the hunter's physician or optometrist is required annually, except if the physician or optometrist indicated on the initial application that the hunter's disability is permanent the hunter will be able to provide a copy of their previously issued Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit to renew the permit. The permit is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.

Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit Application (PDF Form)

Disabled Archer Permit- NO FEE

Available to any resident or nonresident hunter's having permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs one or both upper extremities preventing a hunter to draw and hold a bow in a firing position. Allows the hunter to hunt with a crossbow or other device to draw and hold a bow in a firing position under the conditions of an archery tag or during archery season. Certification from the hunter's physician is required annually, except if the physician indicated on the initial application that the hunter's disability is permanent the hunter will be able to provide a copy of their previously issued Disabled Archer Permit to renew the permit. The permit is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.

Disabled Archer Permit Application (PDF Form)

 

State Parks and Recreation Pass

Access Pass (National Parks)

 

​The California Department of Fish and Game
License and Revenue Branch
1740 N. Market Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 928-5805
www.dtg.ca.gov
OR any Department of Fish and Game Office

Veteran Specific Eligibility:

A
ny honorably-discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces with a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more. Proof of eligibility from the United States Veterans Administration or a copy of any previous years license is required. Disabled veterans who were issued this license through ALDS may renew their licenses at CDFW License Agent, CDFW license sales office or online

Or

Any recovering service member. A recovering service member is defined as a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or a Reserve, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy and is in an outpatient status while recovering from a serious injury or illness related to the member's military service. Submit a letter from your commanding officer or from a military medical doctor verifying your eligibility as a recovering service member. Please have your commanding officer or military medical doctor include the expected recovery date in your verification letter. This will allow the CDFW to enter this date into our licensing system and allow you to renew your license without submitting another letter from your commanding officer or doctor. 

 

 

 

 

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