New York State Fishing License

Who Should Obtain:

  • Anyone under 16 may fish WITHOUT a license in NYS.
  • 16 and older require an adult license.
  • Non-residents of New York State can purchase an individual non-resident license.

Where to Obtain:

Town Clerk's Office, ChiliTown Hall, 3333 Chili Ave., Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

When to Obtain:

A license may be obtained at any time. The license year now runs on a calendar year and the purchaser can choose when that starts.

Documents Required

  • Identification providing proof of age       
  • Proof of NYS residency for residency rate (driver's license or non driver ID issued by DMV)


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Hunting Licenses


Hunting License General Information


  • A hunter education course is required for anyone who cannot show proof that they have ever possessed a hunting license.  For information on hunter education courses, call 1-888-HUNT ED 2, or visit hunter education courses.
  • Hunter education certificates and sporting licenses from all other states and countries are honored.
  • Hunters wishing to bow hunt must take an additional bow hunter education course.
  • Anyone 12 years of age or older must obtain a license to hunt.
  • Hunters under the age of 16 must apply for a license in person, bring their birth certificate, and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Residency Requirements:

  • For a resident license, a person must live in New York State for more than thirty days prior to the date of application.
  • Land ownership does not make you a resident. Your residency must be your fixed, permanent, and principal home.
  • If under 18, the residence of your parents or  legal guardian is your residence.

What if I Lose My License?

  • To replace a lost license, you may contact any license issuing agent; a $5.00 fee for each license will be charged.
  • To replace a lost tag, go to any license issuing agent. This includes a lost big game carcass tag set.
  • Lost turkey permits are also replaced by any license issuing agent.

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