A valid hunting license is required for Alabama residents between 16 years of age and under the age of 65. Non-residents 16 years and older are required to purchase a hunting license. Hunting licenses are renewed annually. The Hunter Education Certificate will also be required for ALL hunters born on or after August 1, 1977.
Residents 65 years of age and older are exempt from purchasing hunting licenses (exceptions: Fur Catcher; Federal Duck Stamp, HIP (Harvest Information Program) decal). Residents must have their Alabama Driver's license with them while hunting.
NON RESIDENT REQUIREMENTS:
All non-residents 16 years of age and older must have a license to hunt in the state of Alabama. Non-residents can also obtain an all game or small game hunting license good for three (3) consecutive days; for ten (10) consecutive days; or an annual license. The following information will be required in order to obtain a non-resident hunting license:
Driver's License Number
Date of Birth
A Hunter Education Certificate is also required if hunter is born on or after August 1, 1977. A HIP (Harvest Information Program) card is also required if hunting migratory birds.
HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE
The mandatory hunter education law was implemented in 1993. Anyone born on or after August 1, 1977, must show proof of completion of an approved hunter education course prior to purchasing their first hunting license. Non-residents born on or after August 1, 1977, must also show proof of completion of an approved hunter education course. Hunter education cards issued by other states are accepted as proof of completion of a hunter education course.
If you have lost your Hunter Education Card, you can download a duplicate from the State of Alabama Department of Conservation click here. The first form is free and you will be issued a duplicate; after the first duplicate is issued, there is a charge.
TYPES OF LICENSES/PRICES
PROOF OF ACCEPTED ALABAMA RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
You will be required to present a valid Alabama driver's license as proof of residency. If you do not have an Alabama driver's license, you must present two of the following:
- Certificate of employment if containing proof of permanent residence
Copy of Home Property Tax
Copy of previous year's tax return (mailing address only)
Health insurance forms with address; Medicare, etc.
The last three months of a utility bill with mailing address
Student ID plus copy of residence agreement or any other proof of residence listed.
Military personnel with an out-of-state drivers license must have copy of orders of assignment to Alabama for a minimum of 30 days or have Alabama as home of record.
Health insurance card with address
Telephone calling cards with address
Copy of school registration for non-driving students
Other legal documents that may establish residency after approval by the Conservation Department.
Non-Driver identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety is not acceptable proof of residence. Under no circumstances will a resident of another state be issued an Alabama resident license even if the person is able to produce the above items.
WHERE TO PURCHASE LICENSES
License Department Locations
Note: Non-Resident Hunting can only be purchased at the Courthouse.