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  Buy Your License
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Frequently Asked Questions About Buying a Vermont Hunting, Fishing, & Trapping License

Is it true you can buy a 2012 license online instead of filling out a paper form?
Yes, licenses are available online at our website and at all participating POS agents and department district offices.

What do I need to purchase a license from my home computer?
You will need a printer and a VISA or MASTERCARD. Having your conservation ID number will also save you some time, but if you do not know your conservation ID number, you may enter your name and date of birth and follow the prompts.

Be sure to sign your license after you print it out!

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Can I print out my own license, tags, stamps, and permits?
Yes, you may go online to our website and purchase and print a license or print existing licenses and tags.

I do not have a computer or printer, how can I buy a license, stamps or apply for permits?
You may go to any participating POS agent, department district office, a local library, or use a friend’s computer and printer.

What about Moose lottery and Antlerless Deer lottery applications?
Moose lottery applications are online at our website www.vtfishandwildlife.com now until July 5th. Antlerless Deer lottery applications are also available online.

Can a minor (15-17 years of age) buy a Fishing license through a computer with Internet access?
Yes, a minor may purchase a Fishing license online. However, a license is not valid until signed and a signature of a parent or guardian is also required for any one 15 years of age or younger.

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Can a minor buy a Hunting or Combination license through a computer with Internet access?
Yes, a minor may purchase a Hunting or Combination license online (assuming he or she has passed a state approved safety course). However, a license is not valid until signed and a signature of a parent or guardian is also required for any one 15 years of age or younger.

Can I buy a Trapping license online?
Yes, you can now buy a Trapping license online at our website. You may also buy a Trapping license at any participating POS agent or department district office.

Can I buy a Permanent license online?
Yes, you can now buy a Permanent license online at our website. You may also purchase a Permanent license at any participating POS agent or department district office. Remember: you can NOT purchase a Permanent license until your 65th birthday.

I’ve purchased my Vermont Hunting or Fishing license online in the past, is my old customer information in the POS system?
Yes, depending on how long ago you last purchased a license your information should be in the system. If you know your conservation ID number and enter it, your information should come up. But if you do not know your conservation ID number, just enter your name and date of birth, and follow the prompts.

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How do blind, paraplegic or veterans with 100% service connected disabilities obtain Fishing or Hunting licenses?
These types of licenses require certain types of documentation and are only sold in person from the department. Please call the department’s licensing unit at 855-945-3488 (toll free) to learn what documentation is required and the location of the closest office.

How do I pay for my license, permits, and stamps?
The online system requires payment by VISA or MASTERCARD. department district offices accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and checks. If you go to a participating POS agent, you may pay with whatever form of payment the POS agent accepts.

Is there a service fee for purchasing online?
No, a service fee is not required for purchasing a license online.

I'm 65 years old (or older), can I update my Permanent license online?
Yes, you can update your Permanent license at no cost online at our website. Your information should be in the system. If you know your conservation ID number and enter it, your information should come up. But if you do not know your conservation ID number, just enter your name and date of birth, and follow the prompts. You may also go to any participating POS agent or department district office and request to have your license updated. If you go to a participating POS agent to update your Permanent license, the agent may charge you a $1.50 administrative fee for this service.

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What if I lose or damage my license, tags or permits?
You may reprint your license online at no cost at our website. Enter your name or conservation ID number, and follow the prompts for reprinting a license.

If you are unable to go online you may go to any participating POS agent or department district office and request to have your license reprinted. A POS agent may charge a $1.50 administrative fee for this service. You may also call the department’s licensing unit at 855-945-3488 (toll free) to have a copy of your license mailed to you.

I have a Permanent license and I used my tags last year, how do I get new ones?
Effective January 1, 2013 the department asks that you update your Permanent license annually regardless of whether or not you used your tags. You may update your license at no cost online at our website and your updated license will have the current year on it and will include current year tags if applicable.

To do so, select “Update Your Lifetime & Permanent License”, then enter your name or conservation ID number, and follow the prompts. If you are unable to go online you may go to any participating POS agent or department district office and request to have your Permanent license updated. A POS agent may charge a $1.50 administrative fee for this service. You may also call the department’s licensing unit at 855-945-3488 (toll free) to have a copy of your updated license mailed to you.

I have a Permanent license, I am 65 or older, do I need to get a new license and tags each year?
Effective January 1, 2013 the department asks that you update your Permanent license annually. You may update your Permanent license at no cost online at our website and your updated license will have the current year on it and will include current year tags if applicable.

To do so, select “Update Your Lifetime & Permanent License”, then enter your name or conservation ID number, and follow the prompts. If you are unable to go online you may go to any participating POS agent or department district office and request to have your Permanent license updated. A POS agent may charge a $1.50 administrative fee for this service. You may also call the department’s licensing unit at 855-945-3488 (toll free) to have a copy of your updated license mailed to you.

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I have just turned 65 and want to get a Permanent license, how do I do this, and what information will I need to accomplish this?
You may purchase a Permanent license online at our website. To do so, select “Get Your License & Tags”, then enter your name or conservation ID number, and follow the prompts.

If you are unable to go online you may purchase a Permanent license at any participating POS agent or department district office. When you sign your license you will attest to the fact that you are 65 years of age or older.

You cannot buy this license until your 65th birthday. If you are purchasing a Hunting, Archery or Trapping license you will need to attest that you have held a previous applicable license or that you have passed an applicable state approved safety course.

I am applying for my Permanent license, do I need my birth certificate?
No, you do not need to show a birth certificate. When you sign your license you will attest to the fact that you are 65 years of age or older. You cannot buy this license until your 65th birthday. If you are purchasing a Hunting, Archery or Trapping license you will need to attest that you have held a previous applicable license or that you have passed an applicable state approved safety course.

Are licenses refundable?
No, department-issued licenses are non-transferable and purchases are non-refundable.

What is a Conservation ID Number and why is it important?
A conservation ID number is your unique identifier in the department’s license database.  You may use your ID to purchase your license online at our website or at any participating POS agent or department district office.  When you (or a POS agent) enter your ID number into the system, your information will automatically come up on the screen, eliminating the need to type it in.

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