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How to Buy Licenses and Permits

It is the hunter’s responsibility to know what type of license or permit is needed. When buying a license or permit, the hunter’s date of birth and Social Security number must be provided. If you have licensing questions call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800- 858-1549, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.


Licenses and permits can also be purchased online here.

Hunters purchasing licenses or permits online must pay with a Visa, MasterCard​, American Express or Discover card, or a Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Gift Certificate. Gift Certificates are available online only here.

Hunters who buy licenses or permits online will not be mailed a paper license or permit but will receive an authorization number. The authorization number or a computer printout of the license or permit and a picture ID must be carried in the field while hunting.


Licenses and permits can be purchased throughout the state at various locations throughout the state. View a list of license agents.


Licenses and permits can be purchased by telephone 24 hours a day, by calling toll-free at 1-877-598-2401. All licenses and permits, except a disability license, elk drawing application and youth licenses and permits, can be purchased by telephone.

Hunters purchasing licenses and permits by phone will be charged a small convenience fee, and must pay with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover card, or an e-check. Hunters will be issued an authorization number which serves as the license or permit.

If requested, a paper license or permit (except short-term licenses) will be mailed to the hunter. The paper license must be filled out and signed by the hunter.

The authorization number and a picture ID must be carried in the field while hunting. Both the authorization number and paper license are valid for the license year.