License Information & Requirements for Hunters

3 Ways to Buy Your License:

  1. Vendor Outlets

  2. Internet

  3. Telephone

    • 1-866-246-9453

Please Note: Internet and telephone orders may take up to 7-10 business days to deliver your license in the mail.

Licensing Information

  • License requirements and fees are set by the Washington State Legislature.
  • Licenses are based on an April 1-March 31 license year.
  • There are no senior citizen discounts on hunting licenses, tags, or permits.
  • A "youth" is defined as a resident or non-resident under 16 years of age at the time of license purchase.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

  • Federal and state law requires persons 15 or older to give their Social Security Number to obtain a license.
  • (Federal Law US Code: Title 42, Section 666, Paragraph 13, Section A; and RCW 77.32.014)

DUPLICATE LICENSES & TAGS

  • Duplicates can be obtained from license vendors for a cost if hunting license or tag documents are lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  • Unlawful purchase or possession of a duplicate license or tag for any purpose other than replacement is a crime.

REPLACEMENT TAGS

  • Replacement tags may be provided when a hunter has killed an animal unfit for human consumption upon WDFW inspection and authorization.

REFUNDS/EXCHANGES (WAC 220-220-100)

  • No refunds for recreational licenses or permits for which a season or hunt has been scheduled.
  • No refunds for hunting licenses or transport tags, except as detailed below.
  • Exchanges of hunting license documents will not be made after applying for a special permit (Points Option hunts are exempt) or after the hunting season opens.

LICENSES

  • Refund available for dealer or system error, wrong license issued within 60 minutes of purchase from a local dealer or any time during the licensing year from WDFW Olympia office.
  • Refund available if the licensee qualifies for a reduced fee at the time of issue.
  • Refund available for licensees transferred or obligated by the military or their business with verifying documentation within a year of purchase.
  • Refund available if the licensee cannot hunt due to injury or health reasons verified by a physician's statement within a year of purchase.
  • No refunds for partial licenses.

TRANSPORT TAGS

  • Deer and elk transport tags may be exchanged for a different area or weapon type before specific dates.
  • Tag issued in error not caused by persons applying for a tag.

VEHICLE ACCESS PASS

  • Your Vehicle Access Pass (VAP) is free with the purchase of an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license. It cannot be purchased separately.

DISCOVER PASS

  • A Discover Pass is required for access to all State Parks and DNR managed lands, even if you have a VAP.

YOUTH DONATIONS

  • 100 percent of your youth donation supports youth outdoor education.
  • Donations can be made by phone (1-866-246-9453), online (fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov), or at a vendor near you.

WILD ID NUMBERS

  • Think of your WILD ID as your permanent license number.
  • It decreases time spent purchasing your license, prevents duplication, increases accuracy of your licenses, and maintains your license and points history.

REQUIRED TO HUNT

  • Prior to purchasing their first Washington state hunting license, all individuals born after January 1, 1972, must show proof of completing a hunter education class.
  • A one-time deferral option is available.

AGE REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS

  • All hunters, regardless of age, must have a valid hunting license and required tags, permits, or stamps to hunt wildlife.
  • Youth are eligible for reduced license fees.

EXHIBIT OF LICENSE, PERMITS, STAMPS, TAGS, AND WILDLIFE

  • You are required to show a license, tag, permit, or display wildlife taken when asked by a Fish and Wildlife officer or other enforcement officer.
  • You must also comply with the directions of WDFW personnel related to the collection of sampling data and/or material from wildlife.

FISH AND WILDLIFE CHECK STATIONS

  • Any hunter may be directed to stop at WDFW check stations and produce wildlife in their possession.
  • Fish and Wildlife Officers may stop any person involved in a hunting or fishing activity for inspection.

NON-UNITED STATES CITIZENS

  • Special regulations concerning firearms possession may apply to non-United States citizens.
  • If you are not a United States citizen and plan to hunt with a modern firearm, contact the Washington Department of Licensing or your consulate before purchasing a hunting license.

Please note that licenses, tags, stamps, or permits may be required for wildlife-related activities not covered in this pamphlet.

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