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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Help us celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day virtually, all month long!

In previous years, we’ve worked with volunteers, sponsors and conservation partners from across the state to host in-person events for hundreds of youth and their families. Participants learn about hunting, fishing, shooting sports and conservation.

Hunters at sunrise
Interested in trying hunting and want to safely gain experience?

The Hunter Education Deferral Program allows a new hunter at least 10 years old to go hunting with an experienced hunter before completing a hunter education course. It’s a one-license-year, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to mentor new hunters!