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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Big Game Hunting Pamphlet Cover Photo Contest

This year’s Big Game Hunting Rules and Regulations photo contest theme is “Who hunts?” We are looking for photos of you, your friends, and family enjoying hunting in Washington. Send us your photos for a chance to win!

WDFW Director’s Bulletin | Nov/Dec 2022

A bimonthly letter and newsletter from Director Kelly Susewind.

Conservation starts here

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Get to know Larry Delgado - WDFW's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager

As a first-generation Nicaraguan American, Larry shares how his upbringing and military experience shaped his career in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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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 youth educational programs

Support youth educational programs with a donation through WDFW's licensing system.