Licenses & Fees

  • General Fishing License:

    • Resident Fee: $37
    • Non-Resident Fee: $55
  • Combo Hunt & Fish License:

    • Resident Fee: $57
    • Non-Resident Fee: $160
  • Youth Combo Hunt & Fish License:

    • Resident Fee: $5
    • Non-Resident Fee: $5
  • Short-Term Combo Hunt & Fish License:

    • Resident Fee: $15 per day
    • Non-Resident Fee: $20 per day
  • Community Fishing License:

    • Resident Fee: $24
    • Non-Resident Fee: $24

Do I need a Fishing License in Arizona?

A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. The licensee must carry the license while participating in hunting, fishing, or any other form of take. "Take" includes pursuing, shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping, killing, capturing, snaring, or netting wildlife. Wildlife encompasses all wild mammals, wild birds, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, and fish.

  • Hunting License:

    • Arizona residents and non-residents aged 10 and older must possess a valid hunting license for hunting in Arizona.
    • Individuals under the age of 10 can hunt wildlife other than big game without a license when accompanied by a properly licensed person who is 18 years or older. No more than two unlicensed children may accompany any license holder.
    • No one under the age of 14 may take big game without completing a Hunter Education Course.
    • Big game hunting is not permitted for individuals under the age of 10 in Arizona. Refer to the Arizona Hunting Regulations for further details.
  • Fishing License:

    • A valid Arizona fishing license is required for both Arizona residents and non-resident anglers aged 10 years or older when fishing in any publicly accessible water in Arizona.
    • Youth under the age of 10 and blind residents are exempt from purchasing a state fishing license to fish in Arizona.
    • Additional information on fishing regulations can be found in the Arizona Fishing Regulations.

Residency Requirements

In general, an Arizona resident is defined as an individual who meets the following criteria:

  • Claims the state of Arizona as their true, fixed, and permanent home and principal residence.
  • Has been domiciled in this state for six months immediately preceding the date of application for a license, permit, tag, or stamp.
  • Does not claim residency for any purpose in another state or jurisdiction.

Additionally, an Arizona resident can be:

  • A member of the armed forces of the United States who is on active duty and stationed in Arizona for either permanent or temporary duty.
  • A member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty stationed in another state or country but lists Arizona as their home of record at the time of applying for a license, permit, tag, or stamp.

Arizona Residents are eligible to purchase a resident license, while all other individuals must obtain a nonresident license. For further details, please refer to additional information.

Lost License Replacement

Lost or destroyed licenses can be replaced for a fee at any Arizona Game and Fish Department license dealer. Applicants for a duplicate license will need to sign an affidavit confirming the purchase of the original license. Licenses bought online or through department offices can be reprinted online at any time without an additional fee.

Buying a License Online

Various hunting and fishing licenses are available for online purchase.

Buy a License from a License Dealer

Arizona hunting and fishing licenses can be obtained from over 300 license dealers located throughout the state. You can download a list of license dealers sorted by city location.

Hunting and Fishing License and Stamps

These are available for purchase at all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices, more than 200 license dealers statewide, and online. All licenses remain valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Arizona migratory bird stamps and federal duck stamps are valid from July 1 through June 30 of each year.

Complimentary Licenses

To qualify for a free license that includes combination hunting, fishing, and community fishing privileges, individuals must meet certain criteria. These licenses are exclusively obtainable through Arizona Game and Fish Department offices. Criteria include:

  • Pioneer License: Individuals must be 70 years of age or older and have 25 consecutive years as bona fide Arizona residents immediately preceding the license application.
  • Disabled Veteran: Applicants must provide certification from the Veteran's Administration confirming permanent service-connected disabilities rated as 100 percent disabling, along with one or more consecutive years as a bona fide Arizona resident immediately preceding the license application. Additional information is available.

Apprentice Hunting License

Starting from January 1, 2009, an apprentice hunting license has been introduced at no cost, aiming to encourage experienced hunters to become mentors and introduce newcomers to the hunting tradition. The apprentice license permits an already licensed Arizona hunter to take a beginner on an actual hunt without the beginner having to purchase a hunting license. This license is free for both residents and nonresidents and is valid for any two consecutive days for the legal take of small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory and nongame mammals, nongame birds, and upland game birds in season. (For migratory birds or waterfowl, the appropriate stamps are required at regular costs). It's important to note that the apprentice license cannot be used for the take of big game animals.

The apprentice hunting license can only be obtained at Arizona Game and Fish Department offices. The mentor must be a bona fide resident of Arizona, at least 18 years old, and hold a valid hunting license. Each mentor is limited to providing two apprentice hunting licenses per calendar year. The license should be issued in the name of the apprentice, with the mentor's name associated with the license. An apprentice can receive only one license per calendar year. The mentor is responsible for accompanying the apprentice at all times while in the field, providing instruction and supervision on safe and ethical hunting practices.

Boy Scout and Girl Scout High Achievement License

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who have achieved the highest level in their respective organizations, and are up to and including the calendar year of their 20th birthday, are eligible for a reduced fee honorary scout combination hunting and fishing license (Class F). Recipients of the Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have earned the Gold Award qualify for this reduced fee license.

To obtain this license, applicants need to complete the honorary scout license application and present the required documentation at any Department office to qualify for the reduced fee of $5.

In conjunction with this new license category, the Department has initiated partnerships with outdoor groups. These outdoor organizations may offer honorary scout license holders additional benefits in various ways, typically in the form of a free annual membership in the sponsoring organization. This partnership aims to assist scouts in learning about hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation.

Lifetime License

Lifetime licenses are exclusively available to Arizona residents. The cost of these licenses varies depending on the license type and the age of the applicant. For detailed information and to obtain an application for a lifetime license, please click here.

Nonresident Hunting-Fishing License, Regulations, and Nonpermit-Tag Order Form

Nonresidents of Arizona can use this form to request hunting and fishing licenses, special use stamps, non-permit hunt tags, regulations, and related materials via mail. It's important to note that this form must be submitted separately to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and cannot be included with hunt-permit tag applications.

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