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Arizona hunting and fishing licenses are now only available online

Jace, left, and his father, Jimmy Martin, pose with the female elk that Jace killed in his first hunt in Arizona with his guide and grandfather, Miner outdoors writer Don Martin. (File photo by Don Martin/For the Miner)

Jace, left, and his father, Jimmy Martin, pose with the female elk that Jace killed in his first hunt in Arizona with his guide and grandfather, Miner outdoors writer Don Martin. (File photo by Don Martin/For the Miner)

KINGMAN – In a move to further modernize its licensing system, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will no longer offer traditional paper “book” licenses sold through license dealers beginning Jan. 1, the agency announced in a news release.

Many current dealers will continue to sell licenses after Dec. 31, but they will do so through AZGFD’s online purchase system, according to the release. Some dealers will no longer sell licenses after Dec. 31.

Customers can also purchase their hunting, fishing or hunt/fish combination licenses online at https://license.azgfd.com/, or in person at AZGFD offices during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

According to the release, there are several benefits to buying licenses online. Those include ease of use, as licenses can be purchased with “just a few clicks of a computer mouse or taps on the screen of a smartphone or tablet ...”

Purchasing online also allows people to print their licenses or save them on their phones. The electronic version is valid if requested by an AZGFD official as long as the license hasn’t expired, the release noted. Furthermore, if one misplaces their license, it can be reprinted for free.

Existing customers can log into their portal account with the information requested. If one hasn’t previously bought a license through AZGFD, select “Continue as a New Customer” to create a portal account, or select “Continue as a Guest” to buy a license without creating a portal account. AZGFD recommends setting up an account.

A customer ID number and date of birth is needed to reprint a license. Customers who have lost or forgotten their customer ID number can locate it by either using the new “Customer ID Retrieval Tool” that can be found at www.azgfd.com/license/, or by calling AZGFD at 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Licenses purchased online must be paid for with a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card). Licenses purchased at an AZGFD office can be paid for with card, check or cash.

All licenses except short-term are valid for 365 days. Resident hunting licenses cost $37, as do resident fishing licenses. Resident hunt/fish combination licenses cost $57. Nonresident fishing licenses cost $55, with combination licenses for nonresidents costing $160. Nonresident hunters only have the option of purchasing a combination license.

Youth combination licenses, for those ages 10-17, cost $5 for both residents and nonresidents. Short-term combination licenses cost $15 a day for residents and $20 for nonresidents.

Migratory bird stamps are available for purchase online, at AZGFD offices or at license dealers for $5.

For general license information, visit https://www.azgfd.com/license/.

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