Disabled Veteran Licenses, Stamps & Permits

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Free hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and permits are available for resident disabled veterans.

For the purposes of this program, legislation defines eligible disabled veterans as “…any resident of New Jersey who has been honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and who has been declared by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or its successor, to have a service-connected disability of any degree…”

New applicant disabled veterans may obtain their hunting and fishing licenses and stamps by CALLING before going to one of the following Fish and Wildlife field offices to ensure that staff will be available to assist you:

  • Pequest Trout Hatchery/Natural Resource Ed. Ctr, Oxford, Warren Co., (908) 637-4125;
  • Central Region Office, Assunpink WMA, Monmouth Co., (609) 259-2132, beginning on Dec. 1.
  • Southern Region Office, Sicklerville, Camden Co., (856) 629-0552.

Applications for disabled veteran certification and your first disabled veteran license may be made via the mail by sending the application and all required documentation to:

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Disabled Veteran Licensing
MC 501-03
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

All licenses, stamps and permits for which the veteran is eligible will be free of charge. Disabled Vet status does not give preferential treatment in any lottery. For questions call (609) 292-2965.

Disabled Veteran Applicants:
  1. Documentation of current benefits for a service-connected disability and proof of honorable discharge (such as a copy of your DD-214, VA card or monthly check stub) must be presented to be certified for disabled veteran status in our license system.
  2. Applicant must provide a hunter education (archery, firearm, shotgun or rifle) course certificate applicable to the license for which he or she is applying or a previously issued resident archery or firearm license or Rifle Permit. Resident licenses from other states issued to hunters in New Jersey will be accepted if the license indicates the sporting arm for which it was valid. Non-resident licenses from other states are not acceptable.
  3. To obtain the free disabled veteran deer/turkey permits one must first have a free disabled veteran hunting license.

Check Your Lottery Application and Status Online!

Changing Your Lottery Application

Regardless of where or how you applied for a lottery, applicants may review their information at any time online. All hunters can edit their application if a correction is necessary. Log in at www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com to access your profile and follow the prompts. Applications may be edited only during the application period. Once the application period is closed, it is impossible to change your application. License agents and Fish and Wildlife offices DO NOT have the ability to change your application once submitted. Only you can make changes, so take care during the application process then go back into your profile to verify that the information is correct.

Application Status Check

Hunters and trappers may check their application status online. Log in at www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com to access your lottery information. The license system indicates if the lottery has been run and if you can claim the permit. When the system shows “pending,” the lottery has not been completed. During the application period the system displays your application as “pending.”


Know the Deadline to Claim Your Permit!

The applicant is responsible to know the lottery results notification date and permit claim period deadline. IMPORTANT: Check your permit award status in your customer profile rather than rely on e-mail or postcard notification. Successful lottery applicants have only a short window in which to claim the awarded permit(s).You MUST claim your permit BEFORE the claim period has ended! Unclaimed permits become available for over-the-counter sales. NO EXCEPTIONS! (See Application Status Check in the box above.)