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.

Father and sun hunting in a beautiful wheat field

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

Pheasant in a field
Serving upland

We’re asking hunters to send in their favorite upland game bird and turkey recipes for a recipe blog post in November. To have your field-to-fork fare featured, send in your recipes for turkey, quail, pheasant, forest grouse, gray partridge, or chukar.

Several people fishing for salmon in river
Set the hook on salmon

Salmon fishing in many Washington rivers is well underway, and WDFW has plenty of information on where and how to place your cast. Follow the link below for tips, tricks, and to check the regulations on streams near you.