New Jersey Hunting License Information

New Jersey Hunting and Trapping Licenses

License Requirements

  • A valid New Jersey license is mandatory for hunting and trapping.
  • Hunting licenses: Minimum age is 10.
  • Trapping licenses: Minimum age is 12.
  • Licenses expire on December 31 each year.

License Acquisition

  • New hunters or those new to NJ must visit a license agent in person.
  • Hunter education or proof of prior license must be in the system for online purchases.
  • New hunter education students should allow 2–3 days post-live-fire field session for system updates.

Display and Presentation

  • Licenses must be visibly displayed on outer clothing.
  • Must be presented upon request to law enforcement or other inquiring parties.
  • Farmers must display deer season permits while hunting on their own land.

Purchase Locations and Further Information

  • For license types, fees, and purchase instructions, see Licenses, Permits & Fees.
  • Do not heat laminate the license or permits; they are heat-sensitive and waterproof.

New Jersey Apprentice Hunting License

Eligibility and Age Restrictions

  • U.S. citizens can obtain an Apprentice License to trial hunting.
  • Shotgun use: Must be 18 years or older.
  • Archery use: Must be 14 years or older.

Supervision Requirement

  • Apprentice Hunters require direct supervision from a mentor.
  • Mentors must be 21+ and have a valid NJ hunting license for the same hunting method.

Licensing and Limitations

  • Must comply with all hunting laws and regulations.
  • Required to purchase permits, stamps, and HIP certification, if applicable.
  • Available at license agents and online.
  • No eligibility for Rifle Permit, Coyote Permit, or Muzzleloader Deer Permit.
  • Restricted from hunting coyote, fox, or using any rifles.
  • Air guns are exempted from the rifle restriction.

Apprentice License Use

  • Limited to two per type (shotgun/archery) per lifetime.
  • Firearm Apprentice License: 18+ only, due to NJ Firearm ID Card rules.
  • Archery Apprentice License: Minimum 14 years old.
  • Regular fees apply, no free youth licenses.

Disabled Veteran Licenses, Stamps, & Permits in New Jersey

Eligibility Criteria

  • Honorable discharge from U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Declared service-connected disability of any degree by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Application Process for New Disabled Veterans

  • License and stamp applications must be mailed; in-person submissions are no longer accepted.
  • Detailed information and updates can be found here.

Mailing Address for Applications

  • Send applications and required documents to: NJDEP Fish & Wildlife Attn: Disabled Veteran Licensing MC 501-03, PO Box 420 Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

Costs and Lottery Preferences

  • All licenses, stamps, and permits are free for eligible veterans.
  • Disabled Veteran status does not affect lottery outcomes.

Contact for Assistance

  • For assistance, call (609) 292-2965.

Required Documentation

  • Proof of benefits for a service-connected disability and honorable discharge (e.g., DD-214, VA card, check stub).
  • Hunter education course certificate or previously issued resident license or Rifle Permit.
  • Resident licenses from other states indicating a valid sporting arm are accepted.

Additional Opportunities

  • For Veteran-specific hunting days, refer to the Veterans/Active Military Waterfowl Hunting Days section in the Migratory Bird Regulations.

Hunter and Trapper Education Requirements in New Jersey

Educational Criteria for Hunting

  • Mandatory for all hunters aged 10+ using firearm or bow.
  • Present prior license or completion card to obtain a regular license.

Educational Criteria for Trapping

  • Required for all trappers aged 12+.
  • Show previous license or education course completion card.

Online Hunter Education

  • Complete online program for firearm and bow.
  • Pass a 100-question test and print the voucher for home study.

Live-Fire Session Registration

More Information and Contacts

Trapper Education

Antlered Buck Permit Deadlines for New Jersey

Purchase Timeline for Deer Permits

  • Available from September 11, 2023, to the season's end for each zone.

Suggested Purchase Strategy

  • Buy Antlered Buck Permit together with zone-specific permits early to avoid missing out.

Specific Deadlines for Antlered Buck Permits

  • Permit Bow Season: Purchase by October 28, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Permit Muzzleloader Season: Purchase by November 27, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Permit Shotgun Season: Purchase by December 13, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Important Note for Late Purchases

  • If purchasing an antlerless zone-specific permit after the season opens, the Antlered Buck Permit must be bought at the same time.
  • No additional opportunities will be provided to buy an Antlered Buck Permit later.

Deadlines to Claim Your New Jersey Permits

Critical Claim Periods

  • Beaver/Otter Permits: Deadline is November 26, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Spring Turkey Permits: Deadline is March 20, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Claiming Instructions

  • Verify permit status in your customer profile.
  • Do not rely on email or postcard for notifications.
  • Act swiftly within the claim window to secure your permit.

Unclaimed Permits

  • Available for over-the-counter purchase post-deadline.
  • Remember: All permits must be claimed by the deadline—NO EXCEPTIONS!

New Jersey License Purchase Requirements

General Licensing Needs

  • Prior resident hunting/trapping license from any state or completion card, unless using the Apprentice License option.

Specific Documentation for U.S. Citizens

  • Provision of Social Security Number is mandatory.

Requirements for Non-Citizens

  • Present passport, visa, green card, or non-U.S. driver license for identification.

Licensing System Requirements

  • All individuals 18+ must use a driver license if purchasing licenses online.

Child Support Certification

  • Must be completed each year as part of the licensing process.

Proof of Residency for New Residents and Customers

  • Need to have been a NJ resident for six months for a resident license.
  • Acceptable forms of ID for New Jersey residents:
    • N.J. Driver License
    • N.J. Voter Registration Card
    • N.J. Non-driver photo ID from Motor Vehicle Commission

For further guidelines and to complete the licensing process, visit the official NJFishandWildlife licensing page.

Child Support Certification Requirement for New Jersey Licenses

Compliance with Child Support Program Improvement Act

  • Social Security numbers are collected for all applicants.
  • Child support obligation certification required for each license application.

Certification Process

  • Must be completed before the first purchase in a license year.
  • Applicable for online and in-person purchases at licensed agents.

In-Person Certification

  • The customer must be physically present at a license agent if it's the initial purchase of the year, to complete certification in person.

Online Certification Benefits

  • The online certification offers privacy and convenience.
  • Once completed online, it's valid for the remainder of the calendar year.
  • No need for presence at a license agent after online completion for purchases on your behalf.

For completing the child support certification online before license purchases, please visit the official NJFishandWildlife licensing page.

Where To Purchase New Jersey Licenses & Permits

Online Purchases

In-Person Purchases at License Agents

Online License and Permit Purchasing in New Jersey

Features of Online Purchases

  • Immediate validity upon purchase.
  • Printable at home on standard paper.
  • Unrestricted free reprints at home.
  • Optional green, durable stock mailed version for $2.

Specifics for Firearm or All-Around Licenses

  • Durable stock license mailed at no extra charge.
  • PDF temporary license available, non-reprintable after term ends.
  • In case of loss, duplicates can be obtained for $2.
    • Duplicate purchase includes a new temporary PDF and a durable license by mail.


  • Credit card and convenience fees are applicable to online transactions.

For purchasing your licenses or permits online, visit License Sales.

Purchasing Licenses and Permits at New Jersey License Agents

Services Provided by License Agents

  • Agents can create and update customer profiles.
  • They can add hunter education and prior license information.

Documents Required for First-Time Purchases

  • Bring necessary documents as outlined in the License Purchase Requirements.

Advantages of In-Person Purchases

  • Immediate possession of licenses and permits printed on durable stock.
  • Receive a copy of the receipt via email.

Duplicate Purchase Policy

  • A fee of $2 for any duplicates needed for items originally purchased at a license agent.

To find a local license agent and for more details on purchasing licenses and permits, refer to the License Agent Locator or the county-by-county listing.

Purchasing Licenses and Permits for Multiple People

In-Person Group Purchases at License Agents

  • License agents can process purchases for multiple customers in a single transaction.
  • All individuals must be present or have completed their Child Support Certification online.

Conditions for Purchasing on Behalf of an Absent Hunter

  • Absent hunter must have completed Child Support Certification.
  • The buyer needs to present the absent hunter’s valid hunting license and ID details (DOB, Conservation ID, or SSN).

Online Group Purchases

  • Complete purchases by adding items to cart for one person, then use the 'Add Profile' function.
  • Ensure each person has a finished profile and completed Child Support Certification before initiating the process.
  • Post-purchase, individuals can access their licenses by logging into their own accounts.

For more information or to complete a purchase, visit the official NJFishandWildlife License Sales Site. Remember, photocopies of licenses are not acceptable for these transactions. Each hunter's original documents and details must be used.

Non-Resident Hunting and Trapping Licenses in New Jersey

Licensing Requirements for Non-Residents

  • Present a valid resident license from home state or hunter education completion proof.
  • For trapping, show a resident trapping license or trapper education completion certificate.

Special Conditions for Non-Immigrant Aliens

  • Before importing firearms, obtain ATF Form 5330.3A for permit application.
  • Processing approval may take up to twelve weeks.

ATF Contact Information

Additional Resources

One-Day Hunting License in New Jersey

Purpose and Use

  • Specifically for use at licensed commercial shooting preserves.

Availability and Validity

  • Can be obtained directly at the shooting preserve.
  • Valid on the date of issue and only for species allowed by the preserve's license.

Hunter Education Requirement

  • Compliance with Hunter Education regulations is mandatory.

Replacing Lost Licenses in New Jersey

Replacement Process

Fees for Duplicates

  • A charge of $2 applies for each duplicate license or permit.

Free Online Reprints

  • Original online purchases can be reprinted without charge.
  • Reprints are provided as PDFs on plain paper.

Accessing Reprints Online

  • Log into your profile and select the 'Reprint Licenses' option.

Special Condition for All-Around and Firearm Licenses

  • Temporary PDF licenses can be reprinted within their valid term only.
  • For reprints post-term, use 'Purchase Duplicate Licenses' to generate a new temporary PDF and receive a durable stock copy by mail for a $2 fee.

Military Licenses for Active Duty Service Members in New Jersey

Licensing for Service Personnel

  • Active duty members of U.S. armed services eligible for New Jersey resident licenses.

Documentation Requirements

  • Proof of active-duty status in the armed services is required.
  • Option to acquire an Apprentice License available.
  • Alternatively, present a previous resident hunting license from any state or hunter education course completion proof.

Active duty military personnel should visit a license agent with the necessary documentation to obtain a New Jersey resident hunting license or explore options such as the Apprentice License. For a comprehensive guide on licenses, visit the Licenses, Permits & Fees section.

Veteran / Active Military Waterfowl Hunts in New Jersey

Special Hunting Days

  • Dedicated hunts for Veterans and Active Military personnel.
  • Scheduled dates:
    • November 4, 2023
    • February 3, 2024

For specific regulations, hunting methods, and additional details, refer to the Veterans/Active Military Waterfowl Hunting Days section within the Migratory Bird Regulations.

New Jersey National Guard Licensing Privileges

Eligibility for NJNG Personnel

  • Active New Jersey National Guard members in good standing qualify for complimentary licenses, permits, and stamps.

Verification Process

  • Confirm certification with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) office before accessing privileges.
  • The NJNG provides certifications for six-month periods.

Contact Information for Certification

  • Phone: (609) 530-6866
  • Email:
  • Postal Address: MSG (Ret.) Robert Greco NJ DMAVA 101 Eggert Crossing Rd. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

To receive these benefits, ensure certification with the DMVA and proceed to any New Jersey license agent for the issuance of your free hunting and fishing licenses, permits, and stamps.

Revocation of Hunting and Fishing Licenses in New Jersey

Conditions for License Revocation

  • Second fish and game violation within five years leads to a minimum two-year revocation of NJ hunting and fishing privileges.

Extended Revocation Periods

  • Specific violations warrant longer revocation periods, from three years up to a lifetime.
  • Two convictions related to wildlife management area regulations trigger a five-year revocation.
  • Lifetime revocation for two convictions related to safety zone violations, property damage, or negligent firearm/bow use.

Authority for Revocation

  • NJ Fish & Wildlife reserves the right to revoke any special use permits or other authorizations.
  • Hunting and fishing licenses are revoked under statutory authority.

For information on New Jersey's role in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact and further details on enforcement, visit the Law Enforcement section on the NJFishandWildlife website.

Rifle Permits in New Jersey

Permit Requirements

  • Mandatory for anyone using a rifle (modern or muzzleloading, including smoothbore muzzleloader with single projectile) for hunting or trapping.
  • Not required for hunting with an air gun.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum age of 10 years for initial applicants.
  • Prior successful completion of Firearms or (discontinued) Rifle Hunter Education Course.
  • Acceptable alternative: a resident license or Hunter Education card from any state allowing rifle use.

Validity and Purchase Location

Game and Furbearer Regulations

  • Refer to specific game or furbearer regulations for allowed rifle types.

Rifle Permit Fees

Permits for Hunters with Permanent Disabling Conditions in New Jersey

Eligibility for a Special Permit

  • Licensed hunters with a permanent physical disability, severe cardiovascular, or chronic lung disease.

Physician Certification Requirement

  • Certification from a licensed physician or chiropractor is necessary.

Application Period

  • The annual application window is from January 1 to August 31.

Vehicle Marking While Hunting

  • Use of handicapped license plates or a special notice from NJ Fish & Wildlife in the vehicle’s rear window.

Additional Information and Application Submission

Deer Road-kill Permits in New Jersey

Permit for Possession

  • Obtain a free permit for private consumption of deer killed by motor vehicles.

Issuing Authorities

  • Local police department.
  • Regional NJ Fish & Wildlife law enforcement office.

Permit Validity and Conditions

  • Only authorizes possession of meat for 90 days.
  • No possession of other parts, including antlers.

Labeling Requirements

  • Venison packages must be labeled with the road-kill permit number.

For law enforcement contact details and further guidance, consult the Law Enforcement section of NJ Fish & Wildlife.

Certified Deer Tracking Dog Permits in New Jersey

Permit Issue Conditions

  • Issued to handlers with certified tracking dogs for recovery of deer during legal hunting seasons.

Certification Requirements

  • A minimum of UBT-1 from United Blood Trackers, Inc., or equivalent from a recognized organization.
  • Application must include a photo of the certified dog.

Handler Licensing

  • Must have a valid New Jersey hunting license for the current year.

Additional Information and Permit Application

Also, refer to the Dogs, Hunting and Training section under General Hunting Regulations for rules regarding the use of dogs in hunting scenarios.

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