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Buy Fishing Licenses
Changes with New Purchasing System
Due to the transition to our new integrated Parks and Wildlife purchasing system, BEFORE BUYING a license online​, existing customers SHOULD LOOK UP their CPW account using their CID number and set up their profile, while new customers will need to create an account in the new purchasing system.

All customers will need to choose a unique identifier, such as CID, driver's license number, passport number, etc. and password to create or log into an online account.  A unique email is no longer required for login, meaning families can now use the same email address for all purchases and applications.  

Email is still required for customers to get their purchase receipts, draw notifications, account update notifications, password resets, etc.

​To learn more about creating an account, or how to buy licenses and other products, please visit our online purchasing FAQs​ page.



For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (April 1 - March 31 annually). For more information, read about the Habitat Stamp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.

License​ Resident Nonresident
Annual (16 and older)​$26.00$56.00
Small Game & Fishing combo (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)$41.00N/A
Senior Annual (64 years and older)
Colorado residents only
2nd Rod Stamp (Available to licensed residents, licensed nonresidents and youth under 16 years, licensed or unlicensed.)$5.00$5.00
Youth (Under 16 - second-rod charge still applies)FreeFree
Fe​es include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a .75 cent Wildlife Council​ ​​fee$10 Habitat Stamp will be added to 1st license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).

Things to know when buying online or by phone 

  • The 2018 license year runs from 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2019. 

  • Customers may use Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. Visa, Mastercard, or Discover debit cards work if they can be used without a PIN. Licenses are mailed the business day following the purchase.
  • In most cases, licenses purchased online or over the phone will reach you by mail within 10 days or you may pick up your license at a license agent location or Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.

  • A temporary authorization number (TAN) may be substituted for the license(s) purchased for 14 days from the date of purchase. Please print or write down (must be legible) the TAN and carry it with you while fishing until you receive your license. If the license OR all of the licenses you purchase in this transaction expire in less than 7 days, you will NOT receive anything in the mail. A temporary authorization number (TAN) is all you need for 1 or 5 day fishing licenses. 

  • When you receive your license, review it for accuracy and sign it to validate it. If there​ are any issues, please contact the call center at (303) 297-1192 or a CPW office.

  • Telephone sales representatives at 1-800-244-5613 are trained to sell licenses and do not know specific wildlife-related information for Colorado. For questions not related to the sale of licenses, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (303) 297-1192.​​

​​​Need help getting a fishing license?

To learn more about creating an account, or how to buy a fishing license in our new integrated purchasing system, please visit our online purchasing FAQs page​.​