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Colorado Resident Status
Colorado Resident Status

​​​​​​​​​​​​Why does Colorado residency matter?

Colorado residents can apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses at in-state rates. Residents are also eligible for specific programs and passes that Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers. Residency also affects OHV, Boating, and snowmobile registration.

​​​​​​​​​​Who is a Colorado Reside​​​nt? ​

A Colorado “resident” is someone who has lived in Colorado for at least 6 continuous months and intends to make Colorado their primary state of residency. ​​

How do I know if I am not a resident?

​​​If you can answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, you cannot claim yourself as a Colorado resident at this time.

  • ​I have a drivers license that shows an address other than Colorado.*
  • I claim residency in more than one state or country.​*
  • I am registered to vote in another state or foreign country.*
    *Special exceptions are made for certain military and students applying for licenses.​​
  • I purchased a resident license in another state in the past 6 months.
  • I applied for, purchased, or accepted a resident hunting, fishing, or trapping license from another state or foreign country.​​​​

  • I am a person under age 18 and my primary legal guardian is not a Colorado resident.


​ Exemptions for Military

Military members will qualify for Colorado residency if they are:
  1. Serving in the armed forces,
  2. On active duty in Colorado, AND
  3. Serving on permanent (PCS) orders.
Armed forces personnel who maintain Colorado as their official "home of record" are considered Colorado residents.

Exemptions for Students

Colorado Students

Full time students enrolled at an accredited trade school, college or university in Colorado for the past 6 months are considered Colorado residents.

Out-of-state Students

Are you a resident attending trade school or college full-time elsewhere? Do you pay non-resident tuition? Have you been a full time student out of state for the past 6 months? If so, you qualify as a Colorado resident.