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Leftover & OTC Licenses
Leftover & OTC Licenses

​​Leftover licenses and Over-the-counter (OTC) licenses on sale to the public

Leftover limited licenses, over-the-counter with caps licenses, and unlimited over-the-count​er licenses are on sale​ at CPW officeslicense agents, online, or at 1-800-244-5613.

  • Leftover limited licenses are licenses that have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. For example, if there were 1000 licenses for a certain elk hunt code, and only 100 people applied in the draws for that hunt code, there would be 900 leftover limited licenses remaining. The list of leftover limited licenses is now available online and will be updated every 15 minutes after 9am on August 5th.

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) with caps licenses are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served starting at 9am on August 5th. The list of over-the-counter with caps can be found in the 2014 big game brochure and is now available online. Please note that over-the-counter with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Please see page 52 of the 2014 big game brochure. Please note: all over-the-counter with caps seasons are over for 2014.

  • Unlimited over-the-counter (OTC) licenses are licenses that are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited over-the-counter licenses for cow and either-sex archery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons, either-sex elk in the plains, either-sex archery pronghorn, and doe and either-sex whitetail deer. These licenses are restricted to certain units and manners of take. For more information, please see the maps in the 2014 big game brochure (pages 27, 30-33 and 46). These licenses are listed in the online system without a hunt code or by asking for the specific OTC license by phone or in person.

If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.1192

Be Prepared​

 

Those who plan to purchase leftover licenses at license agents or CPW offices should be prepared before they arrive. This will help the process run as efficiently as possible.

If you are planning on purchasing a license, be sure to have the following:

  • Your driver's license/state issued identification card, 

  • Proof of hunter education: hunter education card​ or a Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education,  

  • Your social security number (anyone 12 years of age and older are required to give their social security number, if not already on file), 

  • Your customer identification number (CID), if you have previously purchased a license in Colorado, 

  • Proof of residency​, if you are planning to purchase a resident license, 

  • A prioritized list of hunt codes for licenses you are interested in.

​If purchasing a license for someone else (can only be done IN PERSON), the buyer must bring the following for the hunter:

  • ​A clear copy of both sides of their driver's license/state issued identification card,  

  • A clear copy of both sides of their hunter education card or a previous Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education,

  • Their social security number (anyone 12 years of age and older are required to give their social security number, if not already on file),    

  • Their customer identification number (CID), if they have previously purchased a license in Colorado, 

  • A prioritized list of hunt codes they are interested in.

​IMPORTANT: One cannot buy a license for someone else OVER THE PHONE. The option to buy for someone else only works IN PERSON. 

Need More Info? 

See the Big Game Hunting Regulations Brochure or speak to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunt Planner at (303) 297-1192.