California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lifetime Licenses

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

What is a Lifetime License?

There are two types of lifetime licenses: the Lifetime Fishing License and the Lifetime Hunting License. The Lifetime Fishing License entitles the angler to a sport fishing license each year for the remainder of his or her life. The Lifetime Hunting License entitles the hunter to a hunting license each year for the remainder of his or her life.

The lifetime license program works by depositing the money from your purchase into a dedicated account called the Lifetime License Trust Account. Each year, the money in that trust account earns interest and the Department receives an allocation equal to one license fee for every person holding a lifetime fishing or hunting license. Over the course of your lifetime, the money taken from the trust account is offset by interest earned on the principal.

Lifetime license fees are based on your age at the time of purchase. For fees, refer to the Lifetime License Application(PDF).

You can also purchase one or more "additional privilege packages" that include several stamps, harvest report cards and tags. By purchasing one of these privilege packages you receive the included privileges each year for the remainder of your life.

The Additional Sport Fishing Privileges include a Second-Rod Stamp, Ocean Enhancement Stamp, Klamath-Trinity Salmon Report Card, and Steelhead Report Card.

The Additional Bird Hunting Privileges include a California Duck Stamp and an Upland Game Bird Stamp.

The Additional Big Game Hunting Privileges include a First-Deer Tag Application and five Resident Wild Pig Tags. The deer tag application may be used to apply for a deer tag in our annual automated drawing or to pick up an over-the-counter tag.

Lifetime licenses enable California's dedicated sportsmen and women to have a license entitling them to fish or hunt for the rest of their lives and save money by avoiding future price increases. Better yet, lifetime license fees provide a dedicated source of funds for protection and conservation of future fish and wildlife populations.

If you'd like to order your lifetime license, download an Lifetime License Application (PDF) and return it to CDFW. You need to provide proof of your age (such as a copy of your birth certificate, passport, or driver's license) and proof that you've passed a hunter education course if you're buying a lifetime hunting license. If you have questions about the lifetime license program, please contact the CDFW at (916) 928-5805 or LRB@wildlife.ca.gov.