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Online License System Help
Frequently asked questions
Email and registration
Does the system offer both resident and non-resident fishing, hunting and trapping licenses?
Yes. The first section begins with personal information for a residency indicator check. If you qualify as an Indiana resident, you should select resident. Otherwise, choose non-resident. A resident is a person who has lived in Indiana continuously for a period of 60 days preceding the date of license or permit purchase and does not claim residency for hunting, fishing or trapping in any other state or country. All others are non-residents.
What if I move to Indiana or qualify for a resident license, but I am not a resident?
You can change address and residency status in MY PROFILE. If you are a non-resident but qualify to purchase a resident license (children under 18 who have a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is a resident of Indiana, and nonresidents who are on active duty in the armed forces and stationed in Indiana), you can keep your current permanent address (out-of-state), but change your residency to “resident” to be able to buy a resident license.
Can more than one customer use the same email address?
Each customer needs a unique email address. The Associate function can be used for an adult to purchase licenses for a minor without the minor needing his or her own email address. All users age 18 or older must create their own account. Using an email address that has already been registered will result in an error.
What if my email address changes?
Log in with the email address you first used when signing up. Enter your new email address under SETTINGS.
I registered, but I get a username/password error when logging in.
New accounts require email confirmation. Please check your email to confirm your registration. If you don’t see an email message, one may be in your junk or spam folder.
Establishing your profile
What is the customer ID number?
If you have previously purchased a license, the customer ID will be listed on it. Enter this number to link your new account with past license purchases. Completing the customer ID field is not required. If you don’t enter a customer ID, the system will automatically assign one.
The date of birth field cannot be changed in the MY PROFILE screen. If incorrect, please contact the DNR Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200 or email inhuntfish@dnr.IN.gov.
How do I change the date of birth in MY PROFILE?
What is HIP?
HIP is the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program. It is required to hunt migratory game birds in Indiana. If you hunt any of the species below, an HIP number is required, in addition to any license requirements:
To get your HIP number, complete a survey about your hunting during LAST YEAR’s season. If you didn’t hunt migratory birds last season, then it is a very short survey. For more information go to wildlife.IN.gov/3567.htm.
Purchasing your license
How do I know what licenses I need?
Why is the license I need not showing in the list of licenses available to purchase?
The system compares your profile with current regulations to provide a list. If the license you seek is not included in the list, it is likely due:
- Your MY PROFILE residency status
- Your MY PROFILE hunter education course number (HED number)
- Your date of birth in MY PROFILE
Do I need my hunter's education certification number to buy a license?
If you were born after 1986, you will be required to either enter your hunter's education certification number and state of issuance or purchase an apprentice hunting license. Only three apprentice hunting licenses can be purchased in a lifetime. Those born before Jan. 1, 1987, do not need a hunter’s education certification number to buy a hunting license.
How do I use associations?
Youth Associations allow you to buy licenses on the behalf of minor children under the age of 18.
- Create a new association profile using the YOUTH ASSOCIATIONS button from the left side of the DASHBOARD. Associates are assigned their own unique customer ID number.
- Choose the customer ID button at the left of the top menu bar. There is a drop-down list of associate profiles. Select ACT AS to purchase or view licenses for that associated person.
Can I buy stamps without purchasing a hunting or fishing license if I already have one?
Yes. If you already bought a hunting or fishing license elsewhere, you may still purchase a game bird habitat, migratory waterfowl or trout/salmon stamp privilege.
Gift certificates and donations
I purchased a gift certificate, why didn't I get an email message?
Check your email spam or junk mail folder. An email will be sent to the address on file with both the gift certificate ID and validation number needed to redeem it.
How do I redeem a gift certificate?
You will need the gift certificate number and the validation number found in the email receipt from the purchase. When a gift certificate is redeemed, the balance is added to your account balance. This redemption can be done when you VIEW CART or from MY PROFILE. When you COMPLETE CHECKOUT from your shopping cart, the balance remaining from the gift certificate is displayed, and you will be able to apply that balance to your purchase. Gift certificates can only be used to purchase licenses. Gift certificates can only be redeemed through the online licensing system or at a DNR property.
How do I make a donation?
You can make a one-time donation without creating an online account by selecting SHOP in the top right-hand corner of the screen. You will be required to provide an email address for your receipt. If you’re already a customer, click SHOP and then LOGIN to your account. Then select the DONATIONS button on the right-hand side of your screen.
How do I reprint my license?
You can reprint your license for free at any time from the system. Your active licenses will be displayed. View the license and select print. For your convenience, all current active licenses will print on one page.
Do I need a printer in order to buy an online license?
No. You are not required to carry a printed copy of your license. An electronic copy is valid. However, it is advised that you print a paper copy for your records. You must carry an official electronic or printed copy. No license or stamps will be mailed to you.
Since the license is purchased electronically, do I still need to carry it?
Yes. You will need to carry your electronic or printed license with you when fishing, hunting or trapping.
Will my license print on tear resistant or waterproof paper?
Your license will print on the paper that is loaded into your printer. You may make additional copies of the license. You can reprint for free at any time using the online license system.
Are sample temporary transportation tags available online?
Download sample transportation deer and turkey and print before going into the field. The use of this sample tag is not required, but a piece of paper is required to tag your deer or turkey before taking it to the check station or using CheckIN Game. The piece of paper must contain the hunter’s name, address, license number of the person who took the animal (if applicable), sex of the deer or turkey, and date (month and day) the deer or turkey was killed. This will also serve as your permanent tag once the confirmation number is recorded on it.
Are there additional fees for buying licenses online?
There is a $1 fee to cover maintenance of the system. There is an additional $1 plus 2 percent credit card company fee for each transaction.
What type of credit cards are accepted?
Visa, MasterCard or Discover are all accepted. American Express is not.
Is the system secure?
Yes, when you begin your purchase, the web browser and server establish a secure connection through an SSL (Secure Socket Layer). All entered data, such as personal information, purchase information and credit card information, is encrypted. You should see "https" instead of "http" in the browser's location/address bar and a locked padlock either near the URL or at the bottom of the browser in the status bar. VeriSign certifies the Indiana online license system.
What if I make a mistake after I buy my license?
No refunds will be made. Please make your license choices carefully.
Why was my credit card declined?
Review all your information for accuracy and try again. If the system states your credit card has expired when it has not, check your computer’s clock and adjust if incorrect. You may have been declined due to a network communication problem. You may get through if you try again. The credit card processor may also decline a transaction request for fraud protection. If your card continues to be declined, report the problem to your credit card issuer.
Whom do I contact if I have problems?