Permanent Licenses FAQs

Learn about the new age eligibility for permanent licenses taking effect in 2018.

What is a permanent license?

A permanent license allows the holder to hunt or fish without purchasing additional licenses for the rest of their life. Vermont's permanent license can include the basic hunting license as well as tags for archery, muzzleloader and turkey. Second archery, moose or antlerless lotteries and waterfowl stamps must be purchased separately. Permanent licenses must be renewed every year, free of charge.

Permanent licenses are different from lifetime licenses, which can be purchased at any age and are generally purchased for young children.

What changes have been made with permanent licenses?

Until December 31, 2017, a permanent hunting and fishing license is available free to Vermont residents aged 70 and older.

Starting January 1, 2018 the eligible age will be 66 and there will be a one-time fee of $60.

What should I do if I already have a permanent license?

This change will not affect you. You will retain your permanent license privileges. You will still need to renew your permanent license every year, which can be done free of charge online or at a Fish & Wildlife Department district office. You can also renew your permanent license at any license agent statewide for a nominal fee.

Where can I get more information about these changes?

Anyone with questions about the change should call the licensing office at 802-828-1190.


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