Frequently Asked Questions About Licenses

When do new-year licenses go on sale?

August 15. Most recreational hunting and fishing type license packages are valid from date of purchase in August (August 15 and later) through August 31 of the following year. Most commercial type licenses may be purchased starting August 15 of each year for the following year, but are not effective until September 1.

I’m a Texas resident in active military, what license is available to me for hunting and/or fishing?

Available to any Texas resident on full-time active military service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, National Guard or Texas State Guard. Proof of residency for this license is: military service record(s) indicating that the person’s home of record is in Texas or that the person’s duty station for the six months immediately prior to the time of application is in Texas. Official proof can be digital or hard copy.

Fishing License Only:

All-Water Fishing Package(Includes fishing license, freshwater and saltwater endorsements and a red drum tag):
Free

Hunting License Only:

Hunting Package(Includes hunting license, plus archery, upland game bird and migratory game bird endorsements, Federal Duck Stamp is NOT included but is required for waterfowl hunting):
Free

Combination Packages Available:

“Super Combo” Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package (Includes five state endorsements, Federal Duck Stamp is NOT included but is required for waterfowl hunting): )
Free

What licenses are available to disabled veterans?

The Disabled Veteran Super Combo Package is available to a resident or non-resident qualifying as a disabled veteran, as defined by the Veterans Administration, consisting of the loss of the use of a foot or leg, or a disability rating of 50% or more, and who is receiving compensation from the U.S. for the disability. Official proof of disability (issued by the V.A.) must be shown each year when applying for this license and must state the rate of disability. Official proof can be digital or hard copy.

Combination Packages Available:

“Super Combo” Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package (Includes five state endorsements, Federal Duck Stamp is NOT included but is required for waterfowl hunting): )
Free

I'm disabled, is a fishing license required?

Yes, unless you meet one of the below criteria:

  • a person with an intellectual disability fishing as part of medically approved therapy, under the immediate supervision of personnel approved or employed by a hospital, residence, or school for persons with an intellectual disability. The person with an intellectual disability must carry an authorization identifying the entity supplying the service. This authorization may be in the form of an identification card that contains the name of the sponsoring entity; or
  • a person with an intellectual disability fishing under the direct supervision of a licensed angler who is either a family member or has permission from the family to take the person fishing. While fishing, the person with an intellectual disability needs a note from a doctor stating the person has been diagnosed as having an intellectual disability.

Are Texas residents 65 years of age and older required to purchase a fishing license?

Yes, Texas residents 65 years of age and older are required to purchase a fishing license. However, Texas residents born before January 1, 1931 are exempt from the fishing license requirement. Below are the options available:

Fishing License Only:

Resident Senior Freshwater Fishing:
$12
Resident Senior Saltwater Fishing:
$17
Resident Senior All-Water Fishing:
$22

Combination Packages Available:

Senior Resident Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing:
$16
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and Saltwater Fishing:
$21
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and All-water Fishing:
$26
Senior Resident Super Combination License (includes all state stamps except the Reptile and Amphibian Stamp):
$32

I'm a Texas resident 65 years of age, what type of hunting licenses are available?

Hunting License Only:

Senior Resident Hunting License:
$7 (stamp endorsements are required as applicable)

Combination Packages Available:

Senior Resident Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing:
$16
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and Saltwater Fishing:
$21
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and All-water Fishing:
$26
Senior Resident Super Combination License (includes all state stamps except the Reptile and Amphibian Stamp):
$32

What type of hunting license is required of resident and non-resident youth (16 years of age and younger)?

Resident and non-resident youth may purchase the Youth Hunting License for $7. Youth are exempt from state stamp endorsement requirements except the Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement. Federal Duck Stamp is required at age 16.

Is the non-resident 5-day and non-resident special hunting license valid for deer and turkey?

No. These two licenses are valid to hunt exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkeys), all non-game animals, fur-bearing animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (NOT valid for white-tailed or mule deer including managed lands deer tags, pronghorn or bighorn sheep). Stamp endorsements apply. See Hunting Licenses for a complete listing.

What license is available to non-residents to hunt deer?

The only license available to non-residents to hunt deer is the General Non-Resident Hunting license for $315. This license is also valid to hunt any legal bird or animal. If hunting white-tailed deer or mule deer, this is the only valid license available to participate in those activities for non-residents. Stamp endorsements apply. See Hunting Licenses.

Is a fishing license required for youth?

Resident and non-resident youth under the age of 17 do not need a fishing license. However, if they wish to retain a red drum over the maximum length, they can purchase an Exempt Angler Tag for $3.

I lost my license, what do I do?

Replacement licenses can be purchased at approximately 1,800 license agents located across the state. The agent will ask that you complete an application for a replacement license. Most recreational replacement licenses are $10. See a list of license agents.

What is HIP Certification and how do I obtain the free certification?

HIP Certification, stands for Harvest Information Program Certification. The data collected from the survey questions is provided to the US Fish and Wildlife Service which provides valuable information for the management of migratory game birds on a continental basis. This certification can be obtained from any license sales agent located throughout the state. The clerk will ask a few simple questions. The letters “HIP” will appear on your license.

How can I obtain a Federal Sandhill Crane Permit?

The Federal Sandhill Crane Permit is only available at TPWD Austin Headquarters and Law Enforcement Offices located across the state (see listing of offices and business hours). For phone requests during normal business hours, please call 1-800-792-1112, #4820# or (512) 389-4820. After hour requests or weekends, the Federal Sandhill Crane Permit can be obtained online. ($5 administrative fee applies to all online purchases). Each sales venue will provide a Sandhill Crane confirmation number that you can use along with your valid hunting license, state migratory endorsement, and HIP Certification.

Hunter Education Deferral Questions

Please visit our Hunter Education FAQ for a complete listing of Hunter Education and Deferral related questions.

Can you tell me more about the voluntary donation opportunities available when I purchase a license?

At the end of a sales transaction, license buyers have the opportunity to make a voluntary contributions to the Fund for Veterans Assistance or to the Hunters for the Hungry program. Contributions can be made in increments of $1, $5, $10, or $20 to each. 100% of the donation goes to the respective entity. Please note that any donation must be in conjunction with the purchase of a license or drawing entry, not as a standalone item in a transaction.

The Fund for Veterans Assistance administered by the Texas Veterans Commission helps support government agencies and veterans service organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. Since 2009, the Fund for Veterans Assistance has awarded $55 million to organizations across Texas to help over 210,000 Veterans and their families. The Hunters for the Hungry program is managed by managed by Feeding Texas, Inc. and donations for this program help offset processing costs for legally harvested deer donated by hunters which is provided to local food banks to feed Texas families in need. Since the program’s inception over nine million servings of venison have been made.

If you purchase online, you will also have an opportunity at the end of your transaction to sign up to be an organ donor.