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The following are eligible to purchase the Senior, Senior Lifetime or Disabled Sportsman's license (which includes the same licenses and permits as the Resident Sportsman’s License, plus additional deer permits):
Disabled persons must first receive a disability license authorization number (good for three years) from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to buy the disability license.
Senior, Senior Lifetime and Disabled Sportsman's licenses are available only to Kentucky residents. Senior, Senior Lifetime and Disabled Sportsman's licenses include the Combination Hunting and Fishing License, all Deer Permits, Spring Turkey Permit, Resident Fall Turkey Permit, Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit and Trout Permit.
License holders are still required to complete the HIP Survey each year and either reprint their license or write the HIP certification number on it if they intend to hunt migratory birds or waterfowl, and purchase the Federal Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl.
If your disability is through the:
Disability authorization cards are no longer issued. To print copies of authorization or licenses, access your
“MyProfile” account. After receiving disability authorization, the license system will automatically allow the purchase of a Disabled Sportsman’s License.
Disability authorization is not a license. Proof of authorization (or authorization number) must be presented to license sellers at the time of purchase. License vendors cannot sell a disability license using expired authorization. The Senior or Disabled Sportsman’s License is valid through the end of February each year. The Senior Lifetime License does not expire, but requires permit holders to maintain Kentucky residency.
Authorization is valid for three years (check expiration date). Customers must renew the authorization when it expires. Those with disability authorization through Veterans Affairs, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, or U.S. Office of Personnel Management may call 1-800-310-1873 to update authorization.
To submit disability paperwork:
Log in to "My Profile" and click on "Disability Authorization".
By Mail:KDFWR Disabled License1 Sportsman's LaneFrankfort, KY 40601
By FAX:(502) 564-9845
In Person: You may bring the documentation in person to the department offices in Frankfort, located at 1 Sportsman's Lane. Look for the signs directing you to the Disability License Office. The office is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday - Friday; closed during holidays. Call 1-800-858-1549 if you have questions.
Holders of a Disabled License only need to carry their license while hunting or fishing. Once a person who qualifies for this license reaches 65, he or she is considered a Senior for licensing purposes, and no longer needs to follow the process of obtaining disability authorization - as both the Senior and Disabled License are the same cost and have the same permissions. The Senior Lifetime Licenses has a higher cost and requires license holders to maintain Kentucky residency.