California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lifetime Licenses

Invest in the future of hunting and fishing by purchasing a lifetime license.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the fees for lifetime licenses?

A. Lifetime fees are based on your age and fees (PDF) at the time of purchase.

Q. Where can I get an application?

A. You can print an application from the CDFW's web site at Lifetime License Application (PDF).

Q. Do I need to present proof of age when purchasing a lifetime license?

A. You must submit proof of your age (such as a copy of your birth certificate or driver's license).

Q. Where can I purchase a lifetime license?

A. You can buy a lifetime license from CDFW's License and Revenue Branch by fax or through the mail. Mail applications to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, License and Revenue Branch, 1740 N. Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834. Fax your application to (916) 419-7585.

Q. How will I receive my license every year, or is the original license valid forever?

A. Each year, before the new license year you will be able to verify that your address and other personal information is correct and pick up a new license at no cost from a CDFW license agent or from the CDFW Online License Sales site.

Q. What if I lose my license? What is the procedure for getting a duplicate?

A. If you lose your lifetime license, you can obtain a low-cost duplicate license and any lost validations from any license agent or CDFW license sales office. If you lose tags or report cards, you can obtain a duplicate only from a CDFW license sales office.

Q. Is the license valid if I move out of state, either temporarily or permanently?

A. You must be a resident to purchase the license, but after it is purchased, it will be valid for use in California for the rest of your life, regardless of where you reside.

Q. Do validations, report cards and tags cost extra, such as the Second-Rod Validation, Steelhead Report Card, or California Duck Validation?

A. You are still required to purchase any needed additional validations, report cards and tags. You can buy these from a license agent or at a CDFW license sales office. You may make a one-time payment and purchase one or more of the "additional privileges packages." By purchasing one of these privilege packages you receive the included privileges each year for the remainder of your life.

The Additional Sport Fishing Privilege Package includes a Second-Rod Validation, Ocean Enhancement validation, Klamath-Trinity Salmon Report Card, and Steelhead Report Card.

The Additional Bird Hunting Privilege Package includes a California Duck Validation and an Upland Game Bird Validation. The Additional Big Game Hunting Privilege Package includes a First-Deer Tag Application and five Wild Pig Tags each year. The deer tag application may be used to apply for a deer tag in our annual big game drawing, or to pick up an over-the-counter deer tag.

Q. If I purchase a lifetime license, can I add a privilege package later?

A. Yes. However, the fee may be higher if you purchase it later.

Q. Do I need to provide proof of hunter education when purchasing a lifetime hunting license?

A. You must submit one of the following as proof of hunter education when purchasing a lifetime hunting license:

  • A California certificate of hunter education completion or equivalency;
  • An Annual California Hunting License issued in any prior year;
  • A Two-Day Nonresident California Hunting License issued after the 1999/2000 license year;
  • A certificate of successful completion of a California-approved hunter education course from any state or province;
  • A current hunting license or a hunting license issued in either of the two previous years from any state, province, European Country or South Africa.

Q. How do I purchase a lifetime license as a gift?

A. You can purchase lifetime fishing and hunting licenses as gifts, but you must provide a copy of the recipient's driver's license or birth certificate at the time of purchase.

Q. If new validations, harvest report cards, or tags are required in the future, will they be included with my additional privilege package?

A. No. The fee charged for additional privilege packages is based on validations, harvest report cards, and tags in effect at the time of purchase. If new validations, harvest report cards, or tags are required in the future, you may have to purchase them annually.