California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Reduced-Fee Hunting License and Disabled Entitlements

To qualify for a Reduced-Fee Hunting License, hunters must meet the criteria described below.

Reduced-Fee Hunting License

2014-15 Reduced-Fee Hunting Licenses - Fee $6.95

Reduced-fee hunting licenses are available to any resident or nonresident honorably discharged disabled veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who takes birds or mammals. Certification from the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs is required at the time of application or a copy of a previous year’s California Disabled Veteran’s Hunting License. The first license must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses may be purchased from any license agent or online.

Print: Reduced Fee Disabled Veteran Hunting License Application (PDF)

2014-15 Recovering Service Member Hunting Licenses - Fee $6.70

Reduced-fee hunting licenses are available for recovering service members.  A recovering service member is defined as a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or a Reserve, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy and is in an outpatient status while recovering from a serious injury or illness related to the member’s military service. Submit a letter from your commanding officer or from a military medical doctor verifying your eligibility as a recovering service member. Please have your commanding officer or military medical doctor include the expected recovery date in your verification letter. This will allow the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to enter this date into our licensing system and allow you to renew your license without submitting another letter from your commanding officer or doctor. Submit proof of hunter education or a copy of a prior year hunting license with your application.

Recovering Service Member Reduced-Fee hunting Licenses must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office.

Print: Recovering Service Member Reduced-Fee Hunting License Application (PDF)

Disabled Entitlements

Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License Application- NO FEE

Available to any resident or nonresident for mobility impaired disabled hunter who must use a motor vehicle to pursue game. A person must be either permanently or fully confined to a wheel chair, a single or double amputee above the knee or double amputee below the knee or depend upon the aid of a walker, crutches, etc. to walk. Certification from the hunter's physician is required. The license is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.

Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License Application (PDF)

Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit- NO FEE

Available to any resident or nonresident visually impaired hunter having a permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs the vision of a hunter, preventing the hunter from viewing and aligning the sights of a muzzle-loading rifle with the target in order to hunt deer. A visually disabled hunter may use a scope of no more than one power while hunting under the conditions of a muzzle-loading deer hunt tag. Certification from the hunter's physician or optometrist is required annually, except if the physician or optometrist indicated on the initial application that the hunter's disability is permanent the hunter will be able to provide a copy of their previously issued Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit to renew the permit. The permit is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.

Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit Application (PDF)

Disabled Archer Permit- NO FEE

Available to any resident or nonresident hunter's having permanent loss, significant limitation, or diagnosed disease or disorder, which substantially impairs one or both upper extremities preventing a hunter to draw and hold a bow in a firing position. Allows the hunter to hunt with a crossbow or other device to draw and hold a bow in a firing position under the conditions of an archery tag or during archery season. Certification from the hunter's physician is required annually, except if the physician indicated on the initial application that the hunter's disability is permanent the hunter will be able to provide a copy of their previously issued Disabled Archer Permit to renew the permit. The permit is only available from the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch.

Disabled Archer Permit Application (PDF)