Residency Requirements for Alabama Recreational and Commercial Licenses

State Law REQUIRES that you first ask  to see the applicant's driver's license

Non-resident licensed drivers making application will be considered non-residents for the purpose of purchasing hunting and fishing license even if they are able to produce other evidence of residency (except military personnel).

Non-resident students age 17-23 are qualified to purchase resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses. Must be a full-time student enrolled in an approved Alabama Higher Education Institute. See application packet for more information.

Resident licensed drivers applying for hunting and fishing license must:

  • Present a valid Alabama driver’s license (except active duty military, spouse, dependents).
  • Reside continuously in Alabama for 90 days.

Resident non-drivers (Bona fide residents, not holding a valid driver's license) applying for hunting and fishing license must go to the Probate or License Commissioner and present at least two of the following documents, even if they present an AL Non-Driver’s ID Card:

  • School registration (required for 5-16 years old)
  • Previous year tax return (mailing address only)
  • Voter registration card
  • Home property tax document
  • Health insurance forms with address
  • The last three months of a utility bill with address
  • Certificate of employment, if containing proof of permanent residency
  • Other legal documents that may establish residency after approval by the Conservation Department
  • MINORS WITHOUT THESE DOCUMENTS.  Parent or guardian may produce proof of their residency and confirm that the minor has resided with them for at least 90 days

License officials may require more than two of these items in order to prove bona fide residency.

In no instance will a resident of another state (except military personnel and qualified college students) be issued an Alabama resident license even if the person is able to produce these items.

Non-Resident licensed drivers applying for hunting and fishing license must:

  • Present a valid Driver’s License (see exemption below regarding military personnel and college students).

Non-Resident non-drivers applying for hunting and fishing license must:

  • Present some form of ID, preferably with a picture (school ID, employment ID, etc.)

Non-Resident College Students applying for hunting and fishing license:

  • Non-resident full-time college students between 17-23 years of age residing in Alabama enrolled in an approved AL Higher Education Institute may qualify for resident licenses.  Click here for list of approved institutes.

Non-Resident Military personnel applying for hunting and fishing license stationed in Alabama must go to the Probate Office or License Commissioner:

  • To receive resident license privileges with copy of orders assigning them to Alabama.
  • Must present a valid U.S. driver’s license and a military ID card.
  • If assigned to another state (GA, FL, etc.) but living in Alabama, may apply for resident privileges after 90 days and using the same evidence of residency as a nondriver

Including their spouse and dependents living with them.

  • Military personnel assigned to Fort Benning, living in Alabama, hunting off base may apply for resident privileges after 90 days using the same evidence of residency as a non-driver.  (excludes spouse and dependents with out of state driver’s license)
  • Military personnel assigned to Fort Benning, not living in Alabama, hunting off base must purchase a non-resident license if hunting in Alabama.
  • Military personnel assigned to Fort Benning, who have a Fort Benning hunting license, hunting on base only are not required to purchase an Alabama license.
    • They are still required to carry a Harvest Record and report any deer or turkey killed on base in Alabama to Game Check.
    • They may be issued a Game Check H.E.L.P Number to report these kills by presenting orders and military ID.

Resident FUR CATCHER, SEAFOOD AND COMMERCIAL FISHING.

  • Reside continuously in Alabama for the following period:
    • Fur Catchers – 90 days
    • Seafood – 12 months
    • Commercial Fishing – 12 months

Revised: June 2017