Applicants holding a non-resident driver's license will be considered a non-resident for the purposes of purchasing a hunting or fishing license even if they are able to produce a valid Alabama driver's license, Alabama non-driver's ID card or other evidence of residency, including non-resident landowners (with the exception of qualified active duty military stationed in Alabama or college students).
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. An Alabama Driver’s License alone does not prove residency. Exceptions indicating that an Alabama driver’s license holder will be considered non-residents:
- Possessing a valid driver’s license from another state
- Possessing a valid AL Foreign National driver’s license
Special fishing license fees apply to residents of Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to reciprocal license costs.
Non-Resident licensed drivers applying for hunting and fishing license must:
- Present a valid Driver’s License (see exemption below regarding qualified military personnel and college students).
Non-Resident non-drivers applying for hunting and fishing license must:
- Present some form of ID, preferably with a picture (school ID, employment ID, etc.).
Non-Resident College Students applying for hunting and fishing license must:
- Be between 17-23 years of age, reside in Alabama, and be enrolled in an approved AL Higher Education Institute to qualify for resident licenses. See application packet for more information.
Non-Resident Military personnel applying for hunting and fishing license stationed in Alabama must go to the Probate Office or License Commissioner and must present each of the following:
- Copy of orders assigning them to Alabama for 30 days or more.
- A valid U.S. driver’s license
- A military ID card.
Including their spouse and dependents living with them.
AL National Guard members with an out-of-state driver's license are not exempt and must purchase a non-resident license.
If assigned in a state bordering Alabama and currently living in Alabama for at least 90 days, you may apply for resident privileges using the same evidence of residency as a resident nondriver.
- Military personnel assigned to Fort Benning, living in Alabama, hunting off base may apply for resident privileges after 90 days using the same evidence of residency as a non-driver. (includes spouse and dependents with out of state driver’s license)
- Military personnel assigned to Fort Benning, not living in Alabama, hunting off base must purchase a non-resident license if hunting in Alabama.
- Military personnel assigned to Fort Benning, who have a Fort Benning hunting license, hunting on base only are not required to purchase an Alabama license.
- They are still required to carry a Harvest Record and report any deer or turkey killed on base in Alabama to Game Check.
- They may be issued a Game Check H.E.L.P Number to report these kills by presenting orders and military ID.