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Please Read: License Refund Changes​
  • ​Refund applications due 30 days o​​​r to season start.
  • $15 refund processing fee to cover administration costs.​

Please note: Due to the reissue ​process, exchanges and refunds CANNOT be processed between the hours of 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Mondays and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. Please visit our offices before noon on Monday or after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday to have your exchange or refund processed.

>> Read the full refund update.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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​For more information on license options and availability, please visit the Big Game Licenses Options​ page.​​


View over-the-counter with caps license list buttonOver-The-Counter (OTC) Licenses with Caps (bear, elk)​​

A preset number of licenses are available on a first-​come, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. These are called licenses “with caps” and​ are on sale now ​online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents​. ​ 

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Big Game Unlimited Licenses ​​

These are available to both resident and nonresident hunters. They are sold online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at license agents​ and CPW locations around the state. There are an unlimited number of these licenses that may be purchased any time up until the day before your hunting season starts. After the season starts, they are available at CPW offices only, except for archery elk OTC licenses and plains elk OTC licenses, which can be purchased at any license agent. For more information, please view the Leftover & OTC Licenses​ page​.

Leftover Big Game, OTC Fall Turkey & Reissued Licenses on Sale AUGUST 2

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Leftover licenses, as well as over-the-counter fall turkey licenses, go on sale at 9 am on August 2 in person and by phone. They go on sale online at midnight August 3.​ The reissue of big game limited license will also begin on August 2. Eligible returned ​licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.​ 
​More information: Leftover & OTC Licenses​ and License Refund & Reissue​​​

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Purchase By Phone

Toll free 1-800-244-5613​​

​​​Things to know when buying online or by phone 

  • ​The 2016 license year runs from 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2017. 2016 annual, one-day, mountain lion, and spring turkey license sales start on March 16, 2016.

  • 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.​

  • Customers must have completed all the requirements for Hunter Education before applying for or buying a hunting license or before applying for a preference point.

  • 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.

  • Except for big game, Turkey licenses, and the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, 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 hunting or 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 or small game hunting 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.​