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The following Lifetime Licenses are available to New York State residents only and may be purchased at all license issuing outlets throughout New York State. Applicants must prove NYS residency for one year prior to application (proofs are the same as annual licenses with the exception of the one-year requirement). For additional information and clarification on Lifetime License sales, contact our License Sales Unit, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4790, call 518-402-8843, or visit our website

Lifetime Resident Sportsman License

(combined small game, big game and fishing privileges, also includes turkey permits):

For a person age 0–4


For a person age 5–11


For a person age 12–69


For a person age 70 or older


Other Lifetime Resident Licenses/Privileges

Small and Big Game Hunting License


Fishing License (age 0–69)


Fishing License (age 70 and older)


Trapping License






Lifetime Licenses & Tags for Young Hunters

Young hunters who hold a lifetime hunting license and wish to receive their tags must first take the appropriate hunter safety training course. A copy of the certificate(s) must be sent to the DEC License Sales Unit (see address above) before their tags can be fulfilled. Young hunters should take the appropriate training course well in advance of the season to allow adequate time for their tags to be mailed. Tags cannot be obtained by contacting your local license issuing agent.

*When purchasing a lifetime license for a child, the purchaser must bring proof of the child’s age (e. g., birth certificate or passport) and a copy of the parent’s residency proof.

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