For updates on Colorado Parks & Wildlife's Refund, Reissue and Exchange policies, please visit the
Refund, Reissue & Exchange page.
Buy a license
To learn more about creating an account, or how to buy a hunting license in our integrated purchasing system, please visit our
online purchasing FAQs page.
For over the counter and leftover license information, please visit the
Leftover and OTC License page.
The 2019 license year runs from 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2020. The 2020 license year runs from 4/1/2020 - 3/31/2021.
2019 over-the-counter spring turkey license sales went on sale March 19, 2019 and annual mountain lion licenses went on sale March 25, 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.
Customers must complete all requirements for
Hunter Education before they apply for or buy a hunting license or before they apply for a preference point.
In most cases, you should receive licenses bought online or over the phone by mail within 10 days. Alternately, you may pick up your license at a license agent location or Colorado Parks and Wildlife park or office.
Except for big game, Turkey licenses, and the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, a temporary authorization number (TAN) will be provided for the purchased license(s). The TAN is valid for 14 days after 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.
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 park or 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.
CPW has been inventorying deer populations, as well as other species such as elk, from the air for over 50 years. The aerial inventory helps CPW understand fawn reproductive rates and set wildlife population goals as well as the number of hunting licenses offered every year.
Learn more about how
CPW calculates mule deer population.