For Disabled Colorado Residents
Any Colorado resident who is totally and permanently disabled may obtain, free of charge, a Disabled Resident Lifetime Fishing License. Disabled Resident Lifetime Fishing License holders are exempt from purchasing a Habitat Stamp each year. The license will only be valid as long as the applicant maintains their Colorado residency.
What documentation do I need to get a Lifetime Fishing License?
To qualify for a Lifetime Fishing License, you must be a Colorado resident and provide one of the following as documentation of a total and permanent disability:
- A fully completed Colorado Parks and Wildlife “Physician’s Affidavit” (located on the application), signed by a licensed physician attesting that the applicant meets the definition of a total and permanent disability; or
- A Division of Workers' Compensation "Final Admission of Liability" form indicating “Permanent Total Disability”
How can I apply for a Lifetime Fishing License?
Download the application. Applications are also available at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and state parks upon request.
Applications can be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be submitted via mail or in person at:
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Attn: Lifetime Fishing License
Denver, CO, 80216
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a total and permanent disability?
The Attorney General has defined a total and permanent disability as “any physical or mental impairment which prevents substantial gainful employment, but only if it is reasonably certain that such a disability will continue throughout the lifetime of the disabled person”.
How long will it take to receive my license?
Please allow at least 15 business days for verification and processing time. Less time is required for processing for applications submitted via email or in person.
Do I need to apply for the Lifetime Fishing License each year?
No, once you have been approved for the program, your license is valid as long as you remain a resident of Colorado. The license does not need to be renewed each year, and can continue to be used as long as it is intact and readable.
I was already approved for the Columbine Parks Pass; do I need to reapply for the Lifetime Fishing License?
Please complete and submit the application listed above for the Lifetime Fishing License as eligibility requirements may have changed between the two programs since you were approved for the Columbine Parks Pass. If you were approved for the Columbine Parks Pass from November 2019 - Present, you do not need to reapply.
Are totally and permanently disabled youth eligible for the Lifetime Fishing License?
Yes. Youth who meet all of the qualifications for the program are eligible to apply. However, youth are not required to hold a fishing license until they are 16 to fish in Colorado.
How were the qualifications for this program determined?
The rules for the Disabled Resident Lifetime Fishing License, including qualifying documentation, are set by Colorado Revised Statute 33-4-104 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regulation Chapter W-0, Article II, #002.Q.2.