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Frequently Answered Questions about Alabama Fishing and Hunting Licenses
Why am I being asked for my hunter education card or number when I buy a fishing license?
The Wildlife Heritage Act of 2007 created a Wildlife Heritage License allows:
I have lost my hunter education certification card. Where can I get a replacement? You can print a replacement card here.
I have a lifetime license that is broken and hard to read. Can I get a replacement? This can be done at your local probate office (you will receive a temporary license) or by mail with DCNR (complete lifetime license form and make a copy of your license so you will have the license in the field). There is no charge if you turn in your old card.
I have lost my lifetime license. Can I get a replacement? This can be done at your local probate office (you will receive a temporary license) or by mail with DCNR (complete lifetime license form). There is a $5 charge for replacement.
I have a lifetime license but need the annual HIP certification. Can I get the HIP stamp? Yes.The HIP stamp can be issued from any license agent or through the online system. HIP is required of all licensed hunting (residents 16-64 and nonresidents 16 and over).
Is there a special fishing license for disabled persons? Yes. Persons that are totally disabled and have been a resident of Alabama for six months may obtain this license for $1.00. Application is available on-line or applications for this license can be obtained from the Probate Judge or License Commissioner in the county in which they reside.
Is there a special fishing license for disabled veterans? Yes. The Annual Military Veteran's Appreciation Freshwater License available to veterans with a minimum of 20% disability as certified by the Veteran's Administration. Available at your local probate office or by mail with DCNR (complete application).
Can I fish from my pier in public waters without a fishing license? Normal fishing license requirements apply to fishing in public freshwaters of Alabama from a private pier.
I am 67 years of age and a non-resident. Must I purchase a fishing/hunting license to fish the public waters of Alabama? Yes. Non-residents 16 years of age and older must first purchase a fishing/hunting license before fishing the public waters of Alabama.
Is a fishing license required to fish private lakes or ponds? No. Fishing licenses are only required to fish in public waters. Permission of the pond owner is required to fish a private lake or pond.
I’m active duty military and a resident of Alabama home on leave. Must I purchase a hunting/fishing license? No, residents on active duty home on leave may hunt and fish without license (must have proof of leave in their possession).
Is there a special hunting license for disabled veterans? Yes. The Annual Miliary Veteran's Appreciation Hunting License to veterans with a minimum of 50% disability as certified by the Veteran's Administration. Available at your local probate office or by mailing with DCNR (complete application).
I am an exempt hunting. How do I get my H.E.L.P. number the Game Check? This is available at any local license agent, probate office, online or by phone (1-888-848-6887).
Must I purchase a federal migratory bird hunting stamp in addition to a state duck stamp to waterfowl hunt? Yes, all persons 16 years of age and older are required to purchase a federal duck stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl.
I am a resident of Alabama. Must I purchase a hunting license to hunt on lands I own in Alabama? No, residents of Alabama and their immediate family are not required to purchase a hunting license to hunt on property they own. Click for more info.
Special Disabled Archery Permit
What are the requirements for a person to be issued a Special Disabled Archery permit? A person must have a permanent physical impairment that prevents them from being able to draw or hold a bow with a minimum peak tension of 35 pounds. This permit would allow a person to utilize a device that will hold a long bow, recurve bow or compound bow at full draw.
How do I obtain this permit? To obtain this permit your medical doctor must write a short letter that contains the following information: