Resident licensed drivers or non-drivers with an identification card applying for hunting and fishing license must:
- Present a valid Alabama driver’s license or non-driver's identification card (with the exception of qualified active duty military, spouse and dependents stationed in Alabama or college students)
- Reside continuously in Alabama for 90 days
- Cannot possess a valid driver's license in any other state
Resident non-drivers without a valid identification card (Bona fide residents, not holding a valid driver's license from Alabama or any other state) applying for hunting and fishing license must go to the Probate or License Commissioner and present at least two of the following documents:
- School registration (required for 5-16 years old)
- Previous year tax return (mailing address only)
- Voter registration card
- Home property tax
- Health insurance forms with address
- The last three months of a utility bill with address
- Certificate of employment, if containing proof of permanent residency
- Other legal documents that may establish residency after approval by the Conservation Department
In no instance will a resident of another state (except qualified military personnel and college students) be issued an Alabama resident license even if the person is able to produce these items.
You are considered a Non-Resident IF you have an Alabama Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID and possess a valid driver’s license from another state.
Applicants with multiple driver’s license are not considered Alabama residents and must use their out-of-state driver’s license to purchase non-resident licenses.
Minor Children under 18 years of age without a valid Alabama Driver's License:
- Social Security Number Card (required)
- Birth Certificate (required for all lifetime licenses age 11 and below)
- Attach copy of parent’s driver’s license. If guardian other than parent, paperwork showing custody and copy of their driver's license. (required)
- If enrolled in day care or school, attach a copy of current report card or enrollment, or
- If not enrolled in day care or school, 2 additional proofs of residency are required:
- Copy of parent's previous year Alabama tax return - showing child as a dependent and mailing address.
- Current certification of employment, if containing proof of permanent residency (parent or child)
- Current health insurance forms with child's name and address
- Current doctor bill or other statements with child's name and address
Residents 64 years of age purchase special lifetime licenses for the price of an annual license.
Residents 65 years of age and over are exempt from purchasing the following licenses (MUST have Alabama driver's license or proof of permanent residence and age. Does not include non-resident landowners.):
- Freshwater Fishing
- Saltwater Fishing
- State Duck Stamp
- Wildlife Management Area
Residents 65 years of age and over are still required to have the following as needed:
- Bait Privilege License
- Federal Duck Stamp
- Saltwater Angler Registry
- Saltwater Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement
Residents 65 years of age and over can continue their support of DCNR programs and habitat with the purchase of a special group of optional annual recreational licenses. A Voluntary Senior Lifetime License can be obtained by making a one-time donation.
Resident Active Duty Military Home on Leave are exempt from purchasing a hunting and/or fishing license during their visit. They must:
- Have proof of residency (either an Alabama driver's license or document stating Alabama is their home of residence
- Have proof of leave in their possession
Resident FUR CATCHER, SEAFOOD, FRESHWATER COMMERCIAL FISHING AND MUSSEL CATCHERS.
- Reside continuously in Alabama for the following period:
- Fur Catchers – 90 days
- Seafood – 12 months
- Freshwater Commercial Fishing – 12 months
- Mussel Catchers - 12 months
License officials may require more than two of these items in order to prove bona fide residency.