fishinglicenseFISHING LICENSES

  • Anyone under the age of 16 may fish WITHOUT a license in New York State. 
  • Licenses are required for anyone over the age of 16 for residents and non-residents.
  • Residents are required to show proof of age and proof of NYS residency to obtain the residency rate (driver's license or non-driver ID issued by the DMV).
  • For more information, visit the website:
  • The full fee schedule is available at:



  • 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 
  • An updated sportsmen education class schedule can be found at:
  • 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.


  • 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.

Lost 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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