Residency Requirements for Alabama Recreational and Commercial Licenses

State Law REQUIRES that you first ask  to see the applicant's driver's license

NONRESIDENT LICENSED DRIVERS (including college students) making application will be considered nonresidents for the purpose of purchasing hunting and fishing license, even if they are able to produce other evidence of residency (except military personnel).

RESIDENT LICENSED DRIVERS applying for hunting and fishing license must:

  • Present a valid Alabama Driver’s License (except active duty military, spouse, dependents). 

  • Reside continuously in Alabama for 90 days.

RESIDENT NONDRIVERS (Persons not holding a valid driver's license):

  • Must present a State of Alabama issued ID Card, or
  • Go to the Probate or License Commissioner and present at least two of the following documents:

Copy of school registration (required for school age children 5-16 years old).

Copy of previous year tax return (mailing address only). Voter registration card. Certificate of employment, if containing proof of permanent residency.

Copy of home property tax.

Health insurance forms with address (Medicare) etc.

The last three months of a utility bill with mailing address.

Other legal documents that may establish residency after approval by the Conservation Department. Call (334) 242-3465 if you have any questions.

MINORS WITHOUT THESE DOCUMENTS. Parent or guardian may produce proof of their residency and confirm that the minor has resided with them for at least 90 days.

 License officials may require more than two of these items in order to prove bona fide residency.

 IN NO INSTANCE WILL A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE (except military personnel) BE ISSUED AN ALABAMA RESIDENT LICENSE EVEN IF THE PERSON IS ABLE TO PRODUCE THESE ITEMS.

 MILITARY PERSONNEL, including spouse and dependents living with them:

  • Receive resident license privileges with copy of orders assigning them to Alabama and a military ID card.

  • Are not required to present Alabama Driver’s License.

  • Must present a valid U.S. driver’s license; otherwise, the license must be purchased at a Probate or License Commissioner’s office.

  • If assigned to another state (GA, FL, etc.) but living in Alabama, may apply for resident privileges after 90 days and using the same evidence of residency as a nondriver.

Resident Fur Catchers and Commercial Fishing must reside continuously in Alabama for the following period:

  • Fur Catchers – 90 days

  • Commercial Fishing – 12 months

Please check Alabama Driver’s License issuance date for verification. If less than the required time, they must purchase a nonresident license. Call (334) 242-3465 for information.

 IT IS A VIOLATION OF STATE LAW TO WILLFULLY OR KNOWINGLY MAKE A FALSE STATEMENT WHEN PURCHASING AN ALABAMA RESIDENT LICENSE

Revised: June 2014