Licenses, Permits & Passes
Frequently Asked Questions
You may speak to someone about hunting and fishing licenses by contacting the Call Center at 1-800-366-2661. The Call Center is open Mon-Fri from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sat-Sun from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Buy and print licenses online. You will need a MasterCard® or Visa® credit card to purchase licenses.
Lifetime licenses with fees cannot be purchased online because of strict age and residency documentation requirements. Disability licenses may not be obtained online because of strict disability documentation requirements.
You must have a printer attached to your computer that is capable of printing graphics (either black and white or in color). You will be instructed to print your license document and you will need to carry it with you while participating in that activity. THE LICENSE YOU PRINT IS THE ONLY LICENSE YOU WILL RECEIVE.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view and print your license from our online site. The most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows or Macintosh can be downloaded for free at the following site: http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Also, be sure that pop-up blocker or similar settings are turned off in your web browser. The license will appear as a pop up screen.
If you have problems during the online process, contact the Call Center at 1-800-366-2661. The Call Center is open Mon-Fri from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sat-Sun from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
STEP ONE: You will be asked to provide information that will assist us in locating, updating or creating your customer account.
STEP TWO: Select the licenses you want to buy and add them to your shopping cart.
STEP THREE: You may use Visa or MasterCard to pay for your license. A convenience fee of $2.50 will be added to your total.
STEP FOUR: Print your license and carry this printed document when hunting or fishing.
Georgia residents 65 and older can obtain a free Senior Lifetime Sportsman’s hunting and fishing license. Directions for obtaining this free lifetime license can be found HERE.
Lifetime Sportsman's Licenses with fees are not available for purchase online or at retail agents because of strict residency and age documentation requirements (see below). To obtain a Lifetime Sportsman's License, you will download a Lifetime Sportsman's License application and mail it and required documents to the address on the form. Or you may hand-deliver the completed application and required documents to a Wildlife Resources Division office. Credit card transactions may not be available at every WRD office if hand delivered - please call the local office to verify. Specific additional documents are required for each type of lifetime license. A list of these documents appears on the second page of the application and HERE.
Lifetime licenses are full privilege sportsman's licenses, and include all state paid recreational hunting and fishing privileges (see below for additional no cost state licenses that may be required). Lifetime licenses include hunting, big game, Wildlife Management Area (WMA), alligator, Georgia waterfowl conservation, salt and freshwater fishing and mountain trout licenses. Remaining licenses or permits that may be needed are the free annual state deer harvest record, the free annual state HIP License for migratory birds, and a free SIP License for saltwater fishing.
(This information also appears on the second page of the Lifetime Sportsman’s License application)
GA Code Reference:
Supporting Document Requirements:
Adult: (For ages 16 & 17, refer to Youth Supporting Document Requirements, except Hunter Ed)
Veterans: (Honorably Discharged Only)
Regular paper licenses can be replaced using the procedures below. To replace a durable plastic lifetime license card, or to order a durable plastic card for existing Senior Lifetime License holders, click HERE.
You can reprint (replace) all current Georgia hunting and fishing licenses and Lifetime Sportsman’s licenses for FREE online. You can only replace your hunting or fishing license if it has not expired.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view and print your license. You should check that you are using a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader greater than 5.2 to print your license. The most recent version for Windows is 10.1. The newest versions of Reader for all platforms can be downloaded for free at the following site: http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Also, be sure that pop-up blocker or similar settings are turned off in your web browser. The license will appear as a pop up screen.
Alternatively, any Georgia license agent can print a free replacement. You can ask the dealer to update any personal information in your account. Find an agent near you.
A replacement durable plastic lifetime license card can be ordered online, ordered at retail license agents, ordered using the Lifetime Sportsman's License application form by mailing it to the address on the form, or by calling 1-800-366-2661. Or customers may hand-deliver the completed application to selected Wildlife Resources Division office. Credit card transactions may not be available at every WRD office if hand delivered - please call the local office to verify. Replacement cards cost $10 plus the appropriate transaction fee ($2.50 online, $3.00 at WRD offices and retail agents, and $5.00 by telephone).
Resident Senior Lifetime License holders with this free license that have never obtained an optional plastic lifetime license card can order the card Online for a fee of $10 plus a $2.50 service fee, or they may use the options above to order a card.
You may use your receipt as a temporary hunting and fishing license until your new plastic card arrives. It will take approximately 14 days to receive the replacement card.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view and print your receipt. You should check that you are using a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader greater than 5.2 to print your license. The most recent version for Windows is 10.1. The newest versions of Reader for all platforms can be downloaded for free at the following site: http://get.adobe.com/reader/. Also, be sure that pop-up blocker or similar settings are turned off in your web browser. The receipt will appear as a pop up screen.
Alternatively, you may order a replacement card at any Georgia license agent location. You can ask the agent to update any personal information in your account. Find an agent near you.
Georgia residents 65 and older can obtain a free Senior Lifetime Sportsman’s hunting and fishing license. There are no transaction fees for this free license. This license does not have to be renewed, and is valid for your lifetime. There are three ways to obtain the free resident Senior Lifetime Sportsman’s License.
An optional durable plastic lifetime license card is available for $10, and can be obtained using any of the three methods above when obtaining the free license, or by using the Lifetime License Application. If you use the Lifetime License Application, select the “(S) Senior Lifetime Commemorative Card (65+ Senior Lifetime Holders) ------- $10.00” and return it to the address on the form.
For all recreational hunting and fishing licenses except lifetime licenses, resident means any citizen of the United States who has been domiciled within the State of Georgia for a period of at least three months.
For license purposes, residents include full-time military personnel on active duty, and the dependents of such military personnel. Residents also include out-of-state college students living in Georgia. Students may use a current Georgia student ID as documentation.
Domiciled means a person's fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes. A person may own land or dwellings and may stay for a time in several states, but may only have one domicile, and therefore may not be a resident of two states at the same time.
For purposes of purchasing a lifetime license, "Resident" is defined as any U.S. citizen with a continuous domicile within Georgia for a minimum of 3 consecutive months immediately prior to procuring the license, and includes full-time active duty military personnel who list Georgia as their home of record in official military files and full-time active duty military personnel and their dependents who are stationed at a military based located in Georgia. Full-time active duty military personnel and their dependents that do not fit the categories above may purchase short term, annual and 2-year resident licenses, but not lifetime licenses.
Nonresident landowners owning land in Georgia must obtain a nonresident license to hunt or fish. Nonresident family members of a resident landowner must obtain a nonresident license to hunt or fish, except that nonresidents under age 16 may fish or hunt small game without a Georgia license. When hunting big game, nonresidents less than 16 must possess a valid nonresident hunting license, but are exempt from the big game license requirement.
Any person who is a resident of Georgia for 30 days must obtain a Georgia driver's license before operating a motor vehicle in Georgia. Except for certain noncitizens with foreign licenses, residents must surrender all valid licenses from other states - no person can have more than one valid driver's license at any time. (O.C.G.A. §40-5-20)
If you get any error message when logging into your customer account, even if the error message appears unrelated to the criteria used, , try using one of the other log in choices (driver’s license number, SSN number, or DNR customer number). If you continue to have problems logging in, contact the Call Center at 1-800-366-2661. Call Center hours are Mon-Fri from 8 am – 8 pm and Sat-Sun from 9 am – 5 pm.
A full description of hunting and fishing licenses and requirements appears in the hunting regulations guide and the fishing regulations guide, available online and in booklet form at most license agents and at WRD offices.
When purchasing licenses online, a description of each license appears when the mouse pointer hovers over the ”i” symbol..
Information about license types and license requirements can be obtained by contacting the Call Center at 1-800-366-2661. The Call Center is open Mon-Fri from 8 am – 8 pm and on Sat-Sun from 9 am – 5 pm.
Adults can obtain the Resident or Nonresident Deer or Turkey Harvest Record, HIP license online or SIP permit for FREE.
The Harvest Record (Deer & Turkey), HIP Permit (migratory bird hunting), or SIP Permit (fishing) are a requirement for residents or non-residents hunting deer, turkey, migratory birds or fishing
If you don't see the free Harvest Record (Deer & Turkey), HIP Permit, or SIP Permit available in the list of licenses, you may already have obtained the privileges and these privileges are already on your account. In that case print a free copy of your license following the instructions. The free Harvest Record (Deer & Turkey), HIP Permit, or SIP Permit should appear on your license.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view and print your license. The newest versions of Reader for all platforms can be downloaded for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Also, be sure that pop-up blocker or similar settings are turned off in your web browser. The license / receipt will appear as a pop up screen. If you’ve given us your email address, you will also receive your license / receipt by email.
Alternatively, you may obtain a license at any Georgia license agent location. You can ask the agent to update any personal information in your account.
Contact the Agent help Desk using the following methods:
Help Desk Support via phone at: 855-502-6358
Agents can mail any required documents to the Help Desk to the following address:
Thank you so much for considering providing this service for Georgia hunters and anglers.
The 2002 session of the Georgia General Assembly amended Title 19, which deals with domestic relations and child support, to require that all persons buying most hunting and fishing related permits and licenses from the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) to furnish their Social Security Number (SSN) prior to the purchase of the license or permit. This was done to bring Georgia into compliance with federal law (Title 42), which compels all states to adopt procedures for collecting SSNs from persons procuring commercial, professional or recreational licenses and permits. The purpose of both laws is to enhance and improve the enforcement of child support laws. Federal Coast Guard regulation 33 CFR §187.101 requires that the state collect SSN from each vessel owner if the owner(s) has/have a SSN. No dissemination of the SSN to any entity other than the Department of Human Resources is permitted, unless by court order.
In December 2007, DNR first entered into a contract with an outside vendor to design and manage an automated hunting and fishing license and boat registration system. This system was required to replace a failing automated licensing system that was not going to be licensed and available to DNR after December 2008. Absent a significant funding source to develop and manage a new system “in-house”, DNR explored contractual options for obtaining a “no cost to state” contract like those adopted in many other states. Funding for this type of system would be recovered by the addition of a service charge paid by the buyer at the time of the purchase. The hunting and fishing license and boat registration system was put out for competitive bid, and a bid was awarded that lasted from 2009 until 2014.
A new contract award effective July 1, 2014 to another outside vendor brings builds on previous improvements and adds additional customer service options. A Service Desk located in Georgia brought new jobs to our state, and new license purchase and vessel registration options were added.
The system provides online, mobile and telephone sales, as well as walk-in license sales at approximately 800 Georgia retail license agents. Boat registration is available online, by telephone and by mail. Service fees apply to all hunting and fishing license transactions and are currently $2.50 online, $3.00 at a walk in agent, and $5.00 by telephone; service fees for boat registrations are $10 by mail and phone, and $8.00 online.
Hunting and fishing license buyers receive a license discount of $2.75 on a transaction if they renew their annual hunting or fishing license before it expires, in effect negating the service fee. Customers providing their email address receive reminders about the discount before hunting and fishing license expiration, and at purchase receive an immediate email copy of their license / receipt. . Licenses renewed early "stack" at the end of the expiring license so the renewed license is good for the full 365 day period, and sportsman can build multiple year licenses of any duration by combining annual and two year licenses.
Boaters receive a renewal notification by mail about 60 days before their registration expires. Mailing of registration decals and boat registration cards occurs quickly for boat owners that have completed the registration process.
The Georgia Service Desk operated by the vendor will field about 200,000 calls per year to answer questions about Georgia boat registration and recreational hunting and fishing licenses at no charge to the caller, and to process license sales and boat registrations. The Service Desk number is 1-800-366-2661 and hours of operation are Mon-Fri from 8 AM – 8 PM and Sat-Sun from 9 AM – 5 PM. The Service Desk is closed Christmas Day, and may operate under reduced hours on major holidays.
Georgia Hunting and Fishing License Retail Agents (Sub-Agents) may not charge more than the state cost of each individual license plus a $3.00 Sub-Agent issuance fee. For example, a Georgia resident fishing license will cost a customer a total of $12.00 ($9.00 for the state cost of the license and a $3.00 Sub-Agent issuance fee). The $3.00 fee is charged one time for each license transaction, and a customer may purchase multiple licenses in a single transaction.
Extra fees are not allowed under the Georgia License Sub-Agent Agreement. Sub-Agents will only issue licenses over the counter, and only by using the secure, authorized Sub-Agent site provided by our outside contractor. Sub-Agents may charge fees for additional services such as license lamination, but these extra services must be optional.
Some locations sell hunting and fishing licenses using the same generally available online connection to the DNR license sales system that a customer would use from their own home computer. These locations are not Georgia Hunting and Fishing License Dealers (Sub-Agents), and can charge any transaction fee they choose. These locations have no agreement with DNR, have not received training on the license system, do not have Agent phone support, and cannot reverse customer payment transactions if the wrong license is issued.
Georgia offers a free Disability Hunting and Fishing License for permanently and totally disabled Georgia residents. This license is a full privilege Sportsman’s license. The Disability License must be renewed every three years to include recertification of disability status.
The Disability Hunting and Fishing License cannot be obtained or renewed online - you will need to complete the Disability License Application form and mail it and supporting documents to the address on the form. Additional information and instruction for completing the form are on the back of the application. To receive only a fishing license, fill in your initials on the space on the front of the form that indicates you want only a fishing license.
You will need to send the following with your completed application:
More information about document requirements is available on the Disability Hunting and Fishing License Application.
Regular Paper License and Updating Your Customer Account:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Once your customer account is updated, you can replace (reprint) your current Georgia hunting and fishing license with your new name online for FREE through the online web site, by telephone or at a Georgia license agent. Instructions on how to reprint your license.
Mail these four pieces of information to our address below requesting that we make a change to reflect your new name. You will receive your new card within 3-8 weeks. You may use a copy of the completed Lifetime License Application plus payment as a temporary license until your new card arrives.
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
Information in your WRD hunting/fishing/ boating customer online account such as mailing address or email can be edited by logging into your account. Use your driver's license number or DNR customer number or SSN and date of birth to log into your account. Your customer information comes up and is editable.
If you wish to print a copy of your license with the new information, log into your account, check and certify your information is correct, and select "Reprint All Current Licenses." Your license document will appear as a popup that can be saved or printed.
Alternatively, you can call 1-800-366-2661 and request that your information be changed. You will need your driver's license number or DNR customer number and date of birth to verify your identity.
Also, you can stop in at any Georgia license dealer and they will go online, edit your information, and print a free replacement. List of agents by county.
Non-residents may purchase a Georgia hunting and/or fishing license or GORP through any of the three available outlets. If you choose to purchase a license online, once you are on the purchase site, choose "Non-Resident", and check that are not a U.S. citizen. You will be able to identify a wide variety of documents to use for identification, and be able to enter the identification number on the document you decide to use. You'll need to carry this identification document with you in addition to your printed license while engaging in the activity requiring the license. Non-residents including non-resident children are covered under the same rules basic for residents. For example, non-resident children under 16 are not required to have a fishing license.
Any person who is hunting or fishing, or providing any type of assistance to a hunter or angler must be licensed. Spotting game, carrying hunting gear, dragging out the deer, assisting in field dressing the deer, bringing over the ATV, handing up the gun to a person on a stand, netting a fish, baiting a hook, and similar activities would be a few examples of providing assistance to a hunter or angler. There are many other examples. You do not need a license if you provide no assistance to the hunter or angler. Simply taking pictures of the activity or taking pictures of the harvest would not require a license.
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