Hunting Licenses & Fees

Every person who is required to have a license must carry such license and shall show the license immediately upon request of any officer whose duty it is to enforce the game and inland fish laws, or upon the demand of any owner or lessee, or any employee or representative of such owner or lessee, upon whose land or water such person may be hunting, trapping, or fishing. Any person who is required to carry certain hunting, trapping, or fishing licenses or a hunter education certificate on their person can meet the requirement by carrying an electronic copy of the relevant license or certificate. We recommend the electronic carrying of licenses through the use of our app. Electronic carry does not require a signature.

Residency Qualifications

  • Persons who have been a bona fide resident of the city, county, or state for six consecutive months immediately preceding the date of purchasing a license.
  • Persons who have been domiciliary residents of the state for at least two months upon approval of a completed affidavit to be furnished by the Department.
  • Legal voters for Virginia.
  • Any member of the armed forces of the United States, or a member of the immediate family of such a member as defined in § 2.2-3101, upon execution of a certificate of residence if the member (i) resides in the Commonwealth, (ii) is on active duty, and (iii) is stationed at a military installation within, or in a ship based in, the Commonwealth.
  • Students (including nonresident students boarding on campus) residing in Virginia who are enrolled in bona de Virginia schools.
  • Any unnaturalized person who owns real estate in the county or city and who has actually resided there not less than five years next preceding the date of the application for the license in the county or city.

License Exemptions

All persons, except those listed below, must purchase the proper licenses before hunting or trapping. Where exempt, the exemption means the individual is exempt from the basic hunting license; bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license; muzzleloading license; trapping license; and Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp. All seasons, bag limits, and checking requirements apply.

  • Resident or nonresident landowners, their spouses, their children and grandchildren and the spouses of such children and grandchildren, or the landowner’s parents, resident or nonresident, do not need a license to hunt, trap or fish (on inland waters) within the boundaries of their own lands.
  • Tenants, on the land they rent and occupy, are not required to have a license, but must have the written permission of the landowner. Persons who lease property and do not permanently reside there are not exempt from license requirements.
  • Residents, 65 years of age and over, do not need a license to hunt or trap on private property in their county or city of residence.
  • Resident hunters under the age of 12 are not required to have a hunting license or hunter education. Nonresident hunters under the age of 12 need a hunting license but do not need hunter education to purchase one. All hunters under the age of 12 may not hunt unless accompanied and directly supervised by a licensed adult.
  • Residents under the age of 16 are not required to have a license to trap when accompanied by any person 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid Virginia trapping license.
  • Any person who is not hunting, but is aiding a disabled person to hunt when such disabled person possesses a valid Virginia Disabled Resident Lifetime hunting license or a Virginia Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime license is not required to have a license.
  • Any Indian who “habitually” resides on an Indian reservation or a member of the Virginia recognized tribes who resides in the Commonwealth is not required to have a hunting or trapping license; however, such Indian must have on his person an identification card or paper signed by the chief of his tribe, a valid tribal identification card, written confirmation through a central tribal registry, or certification from a tribal office.
  • Stockholders owning 50 percent or more of the stock of any domestic corporation owning land in Virginia, his or her spouse and children and minor grandchildren, resident or nonresident, do not need a license to hunt, trap and sh within the boundaries of lands and inland waters owned by the domestic corporation.

License-Exempt Hunters

Hunters who are exempt from purchasing a license are requested to register for HIP.  Information obtained from HIP registration is vital for the management of migratory birds in Virginia.  If not already established, exempt hunters can create a Customer Account.

Which Licenses Do I Need?

To hunt in Virginia, a resident or nonresident hunting license is required, unless you are license exempt. Other licenses, permits, or stamps may also be required depending on species hunted and location of hunt. Before purchasing a hunting license or permit, make sure you understand what qualifies as a Virginia residency, that you really need a license or permit based on the exemptions, and you have met the hunter safety requirements.

To Hunt Small Game

A hunting license is required. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

To Hunt Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, or Rail

A hunting license and HIP authorization are required. Register for HIP online or call 1-888-788- 9772. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

To Hunt Bear, Deer, or Turkey

A bear license and/or a deer/turkey license is required in addition to a hunting license. (These licenses are valid from July 1–June 30 only.) A National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

To Hunt With Archery Tackle

An archery license is required in addition to a hunting license when using archery tackle during a designated archery season for bear, deer, turkey and bobcat. A bear license, deer/turkey license, National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

To Hunt With a Muzzleloader

A muzzleloading license is required in addition to the hunting license if hunting with a muzzle- loading rearm during a designated muzzleloader deer or bear season. A bear license, deer/turkey license, National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

If hunting with archery tackle or muzzleloading rifle during any firearms deer season you do not need an archery or muzzleloading license.

To Trap

A trapping license is required to trap. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required

To Hunt Waterfowl

A hunting license, Federal Duck Stamp, Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and a HIP authorization are required. Register for HIP online or call 1-888-788-9772. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

Legacy Lifetime Hunting License

  • Issued only to an individual who is younger than two years of age and is valid for the lifetime of the license holder regardless of any change in that person’s status as a resident or nonresident.
  • Legacy hunting license is valid until the individual’s 12th birthday. Upon proof of completion of a hunter education course or equivalent, this license is transferable to a lifetime hunting license at no additional charge.
  • The Legacy hunting or fishing license is available by application. Cost is $125 for resident children and $250 for nonresident children.
  • Can be purchased in person at the DGIF headquarters office or via a mail-in application.

Replacement Licenses

If you purchased a license from a retail license agent, online, or by phone you can visit GoOutdoorsVirginia.com, select “Manage Your Account” and reprint your license anytime. You can also visit any retail license agent that sells hunt/fish licenses or call the DGIF Headquarters Office at (866) 721-6911 during normal business hours.

Lifetime Licenses

Resident and nonresident lifetime licenses are purchased by an application and require supporting documentation of age, residency, and/ or disability. They are issued only through the Henrico office. Retail license agents cannot issue these licenses.

Applications can be submitted in person at the headquarters office or mailed in. Lifetime License applications can be found on this website.

Where to Get a License

Online:

GoOutdoorsVirginia.com

  • Create Your Customer Account: The new Go Outdoors Virginia site allows you to create a unique customer account to access licenses and products that apply to you based on age and residency.
  • Existing Customers: Log in using your date of birth and either your DGIF Customer ID or your previous year’s DGIF license number and license year.

Select the license(s) you want, pay with your credit card and print your license if needed.

In Person:

Sold by some clerks of the Circuit Court and hundreds of license agents around the state. Not sold at Department Regional Offices.

By Phone:

Call (866) 721-6911 during regular business hours.

Hunting License Fees

Resident Hunting Licenses

(Issuance fee is included in the price.)

Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase except the bear license, deer/turkey license (valid July 1–June 30 only), the Virginia migratory waterfowl conservation stamp, the apprentice hunting license, and lifetime licenses. See the Hunter Education section of this site for hunter education requirements.

License Fee
Resident Sportsman’s License (age 16 and older)

Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, muzzleloading license, freshwater fishing license, and trout license.

$133.00
Resident Hunting License (age 16 and older)
1-year license $23.00
2-year license $44.00
3-year license $65.00
4-year license $86.00
Resident County or City Hunting License (age 16 and older)

For county or city of residence only.

$16.00
Resident Apprentice Hunting License

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.

$11.00
Resident Senior Citizen Hunting License (age 65 and over)

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license.

$9.00
Resident Annual Hunting License for 70 Percent Partially Disabled Veterans

Resident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability upon certification. Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$12.00
Resident Junior Hunting License (age 12 to 15; optional for under 12 years old) $8.50
Resident Youth Combination Hunting License (age 12 to 15)

Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, and muzzleloading license.

$16.00
Resident Junior Lifetime Hunting License (under age 12)

No annual bear license or deer/turkey license required until age 12. National forest permit, state forest use permit, and bonus deer permits, if applicable, are required in addition to this license. Upon proof of completion of a hunter education course or equivalent, the license is transferable to a lifetime hunting license at no additional fee. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$255.00
Resident Legacy Lifetime Hunting License

Must be purchased before age 2. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$125.00
Resident Lifetime Hunting License

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

Age 12-44 (hunter education course required under age 16) $260.00
Age 45-50 $210.00
Age 51-55 $160.00
Age 56-60 $110.00
Age 61-64 $60.00
Age 65 and over $20.00
Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Hunting Lifetime License

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this hunting license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$15.00
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Resident Lifetime Hunting License

For qualified resident disabled veterans. Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, muzzleloading license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application. A license for freshwater fishing is also available.

no charge
Resident Fox Hunting License

To hunt foxes on horseback with hounds without firearms. Not required of an individual holding a basic license to hunt.

$23.00

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a resident hunting license.

License Fee
Resident Bear License $21.00
Resident Junior Bear License (ages 12-15) $6.50
Resident Deer/Turkey License (age 16 and older)

Not required if a senior citizen’s lifetime license was purchased before July 1, 1988. Not required for holders of Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Lifetime License. Valid July 1 through June 30 only.

$23.00
Resident Junior Deer/Turkey License (age 12 to 15)

Valid July 1 through June 30.

$8.50
Resident Archery License $18.00
Resident Muzzleloading License $18.00

Nonresident Hunting Licenses

(Issuance fee is included in the price.)

Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase except the bear license, deer/turkey license (valid July 1–June 30 only), the Virginia migratory waterfowl conservation stamp, the apprentice hunting license, and lifetime licenses.

License Fee
Nonresident Hunting License (age 16 and older) $111.00
Nonresident 3-Day Hunt License (age 16 and older)

Must be 3 consecutive days

$60.00
Nonresident Apprentice Hunting License

Annual nonresident bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits may be required in addition to this license. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.

$21.00
Nonresident Annual Hunting License for 70 Percent Partially Disabled Veterans

Nonresident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability. Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$56.00
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Nonresident Veteran Annual Hunting License

For nonresident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having a total and permanent disability that is service connected. Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this hunting license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$28.50
Nonresident Junior Hunting License (under age 12) $13.00
Nonresident Junior Hunting License (age 12 to 15) $16.00
Nonresident Youth Combination Hunting License (under age 16)

Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, and muzzleloading license.

$31.00
Nonresident Legacy Hunting License

Must be purchased before age 2. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$250.00
Nonresident Lifetime Hunting License

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$555.00
Nonresident Fox Hunting License

To hunt foxes on horseback with hounds without firearms. Not required of an individual holding a general license to hunt.

$111.00
Nonresident Foxhound Training Preserve License

To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed foxhound training preserve, in lieu of other required licenses.

$18.00
Nonresident Hunting Preserve License

To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed shooting preserve, in lieu of other required licenses.

$23.00

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a nonresident hunting license.

License Fee
Nonresident Bear License $151.00
Nonresident Deer/Turkey License

Valid July 1 through June 30.

Age 16 and older $86.00
Age 12 to 15 $16.00
Under age 12 $13.00
Nonresident Archery License $31.00
Nonresident Muzzleloading License $31.00

Trapping Licenses

(Issuance fee is included in the price.)

One or more of the following is required to trap. Other licenses or permits may also be required.

License Fee
County or City Resident Trapping License

For county or city of residence.

$21.00
Resident Trapping License
1-year license $46.00
2-year license $90.00
3-year license $134.00
4-year license $178.00
Resident Junior Trapping License (under age 16) $11.00
Resident Senior Citizen Trapping License (age 65 and over) $9.00
Resident Senior Citizen Lifetime Trapping License (age 65 or over)

Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$20.00
Service-Connected Permanently and Totally Disabled Veteran Resident Life me Trapping License

Can be purchased in person at the Henrico office or via a mail-in application.

$15.00
Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Lifetime Trapping License $15.00
Nonresident Trapping License $206.00

Miscellaneous Licenses, Permits, and Stamps

(Issuance fee is included in the price.)

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a hunting license.

Permits Fee
Resident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags)

(More Information)

$18.00
Nonresident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags)

(More Information)

$31.00
National Forest Permit

To hunt and trap within National Forest. Not required of residents under the age of 16 to trap or residents who have an annual senior citizen hunting license ($9.00) or a senior lifetime license issued before 7/1/88.

$4.00
Virginia State Forest Use Permit (age 16 or older)

Allows hunting, trapping, fishing, mountain biking, and horse riding. No motorized vehicles on gated roads/trails (open or closed). Sold in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

$16.00
Public Access Lands for Sportsmen (PALS)

(More Information)

$18.00
Access Permit

Daily group rates are available. (More Information)

$4.00 per day / $23.00 per year
Stamp Fee
Federal Migratory Duck E-Stamp

To take migratory waterfowl; required of persons 16 years of age and over in addition to hunting license. Valid July 1 through June 30. (More Information)

$27.50
Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

Required of persons 16 years of age and older, unless license exempt. Valid July 1 through June 30. (More Information)

$10.00