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Veteran’s Lifetime Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing License
Veteran’s Lifetime Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing License

​​Veteran’s Lifetime Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing License

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proud to offer a free veteran’s lifetime combination small game hunting/fishing license (VA combo license) for qualifying veterans. A free lifetime fishing license is also available.

How to Qualify for a VA Combo License

  1. Be a Colorado resident. To obtain the VA Combo license, you must be a Colorado resident. “Resident” means a person who has lived in Colorado for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to the date of application, has a Colorado driver’s license or state ID and has the intention of making Colorado their permanent home. 

  2. Provide proof of military service by providing one of two types of documentation:

    • Provide proof of a service-connected disability with an overall combined rating of 60% or higher, as rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can obtain your rating documentation from the VA by calling 1-800-827-1000. Please keep in mind that the VA does not add the individual percentages of each condition to determine overall ratings.

    • Provide documented proof of your Purple Heart award. A copy of your DD214 showing a Purple Heart award or Purple Heart Certificate will suffice. The Purple Heart Medal itself is not proof of the award.​

  3. Provide proof of hunter safety if you were born after 1/1/1949. Any person born on or after January 1, 1949, is required to provide proof of having completed a hunter’s safety course before applying for the VA Combo License.

Does the VA Combo License count as a qualifying license towards the draw?

  • Yes. The VA lifetime combination license counts as a qualifying license and allows the hunter with the VA lifetime combo license to participate in the draw.
  • A VA lifetime fishing license will not be considered a qualifying license for the big game draw.

​What to include in Your Application Packet

Please Note: Without proper documentation, we will be unable to process your application. Please be sure to fill out the application card completely. Any missing information will delay the processing of your request. 

  1. Veteran's Lifetime Combination License Application (PDF)
    If you only wish to obtain the fishing portion of the license, please write the words “Fishing Only” in the hunter education field of the application. 

  2. Proof of your disability rating or Purple Heart

  3. A copy of your Hunter Education certificate or card (if you were born after 1/1/1949)

If you only wish to obtain the fishing portion of the license, please write, "Fishing only" in the hunter education field of the application.

Where to Send Your Application​ Packet

Please mail the enclosed application and documentation to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn: Lifetime Veterans Application
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216

Applications are accepted by email at

How long will it take to receive​ your license?

Please allow at least 15 business days for verification and processing time. If you have any additional questions, contact License & Pass Administration at 303-291-7235. Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, we cannot respond to status requests regarding submitted applications.​