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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Turkey Takeover of myWDFW.com

WDFW is putting a focus on wild turkeys over the next several weeks with a blog series to help new hunters ahead of the spring opener on April 15.

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Multi-season, special hunt applications open

Multi-season deer and elk tags let you hunt archery, muzzleloader, and modern firearm seasons, while special hunt permits offer chances to hunt outside general seasons, all increasing your odds of success.