Licenses & Permits

Whether fishing, hunting, or just getting outside for the weekend, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife helps thousands make the most of this amazing state every year. Find the hunting and fishing license that fits your adventure, see what you need to access state-managed lands and water access sites, and learn about the necessary permits for construction projects that may affect wildlife or habitats.

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In this section

Learn about the types, costs, and requirements of fishing and shellfishing licenses offered by WDFW
Learn about the types of hunting licenses offered in Washington, and what you need before you head into the field.
WDFW issues permits and licenses for a number of projects around Washington.
Buy a Discover Pass online for access to WDFW, DNR, and state park lands in Washington, and learn about WDFW's Vehicle Access Pass.
Personalized license plates and wildlife license plates fund conservation efforts throughout Washington.
Search for authorized WDFW license sales locations near you.
Requirements and license fees for commercial fishing and shellfishing, guiding and charter operations, and other fish- and wildlife-related activities.
To prevent deer and elk killed on Washington roads from going to waste, WDFW allows people to legally salvage carcasses with a free, printable permit.

License news & important dates

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Get set up to Fish Washington

The Fish Washington combination package is an all-in-one fishing license that includes freshwater, saltwater, and shellfish and seaweed licenses; two-pole and Puget Sound Dungeness crab endorsements; and a range of catch record cards.

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Chronic wasting disease surveillance program

WDFW is testing road-killed deer for Chronic Wasting Disease in a proactive effort to fight the disease.

Conservation starts here

Elk hoof disease incentive permits
WDFW is starting a pilot program to evaluate the how hunters can help reduce the prevalence of elk hoof disease.
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Show your support for Washington wildlife
Looking for an easy way to help wildlife in Washington? There are two types of specialized license plates that support wildlife conservation and management in the state.
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Help support disabled veterans
You can donate money to help offset the cost of disabled veterans’ hunting and fishing licenses.