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General Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Connecticut Conservation ID?
    • Connecticut Conservation ID is a unique and permanent number that is assigned to you for the purchase of all fishing and hunting licenses, permits and tags. You are to use this number when purchasing licenses or permits online or at a participating agent,

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  2. What do I do if I forget my Connecticut Conservation ID number?
    • Use your social security #, driver’s license # or hunting or trapping certification # to log in.
    • If you can't find it there, call 860-424-3105 during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm) to request assistance.

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  3. Do I need a printer to purchase a license or permits online?
    • Yes. The license you print at your printer is a valid, official license that will list all your privileges and no other license will be required. You may also want to print out the transaction receipt for your records.

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  4. Will my license print on waterproof/tear resistant paper?
    • No. Your license will print on the paper that is loaded into your home printer. However, you will be able to print a new license if you lose it or it gets destroyed.

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  5. I'm a NON-HUNTER, how do I obtain a CT Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp?
    • You log into the system using your Conservation ID Number, go to the "Product Select" page, go to the "Other Tab" and select the CT Mig. Bird Conservation Stamp (NON-HUNTER) and check out. If you are a new customer, you will have to add yourself as a new customer, then go to the "Product Select" page, go to the "Other Tab" and select the CT Mig. Bird Conservation Stamp (NON-HUNTER) and check out.

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  6. What do I do if I lose my license or it gets wet and I need to print another one?
    • You can reprint your license at any time by logging on with your Conservation ID, last name and date of birth. On the page that has your name and address information you will see the link to your license history in the top right hand corner. Once you are in your license history, you can reprint your license.

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  7. Is the online licensing website secure for credit card transactions?
    • Yes, when a user begins to purchase a license in our licensing module, the browser and our server enter a secure connection through SSL (Secure Socket Layer). Throughout the entire process, all entered data (not only the credit card information, but all the personal information, as well as items selected for purchasing (licenses, permits, stamps, etc.)) will be encrypted. In the browser's Location/Address bar, the user should see "https" instead of "http". A lock  lock will be shown in the Status bar at the bottom of the browser. Our online licensing web site is certified by Digicert. SSL Certificate

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  8. What type of payment does the online system accept?
    • Visa Visa and Mastercard Master Card Credit Card Only.

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  9. Is there a transaction fee involved for purchasing licenses online?
    • No.

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  10. Are licenses for blind, intellectual disability and certain handicapped persons available through the online system?
    • Persons qualifying for one of above types of licenses are required to verify their qualification and initially obtain such license through the automated system at a participating town clerk's office, or at DEEP offices. Subsequent license may be obtained through the online system as well

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  11. If I own land in Connecticut but live in another state, do I purchase a non-resident license?
    • Yes, you must be able to prove residency in order to purchase a resident license. To do so, you must produce a valid Connecticut Drivers License or State Issued Non-Driver Photo ID. Merely owning land in this state doesn’t exempt you from purchasing a non-resident license.

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  12. I’m a Non-Resident, how do I obtain my Fishing, Firearm’s Hunting or Archery Permit in the State of Connecticut?
    • For an Inland, Marine or Combination fishing license you can register for a Conservation ID# and purchase your license. If you have purchased one in the past few years, please use your existing Conservation ID# to access your account.
    • To purchase a Non- Resident Firearm’s Hunting license for the first time in CT, you will have to show proof of a Hunter Education Certificate or a copy of a RESIDENT hunting license valid within the last 5 years. You can do this at any license agent location.
    • To purchase a Non-Resident Archery Permit for the first time in CT, you will have to show proof of a Bow Hunter Education Certificate. You can do this at any license agent location.
    • If you would like to purchase the Non-Resident Firearm’s License or Archery Permit online, please call our office at 860-424-3105 and we will instruct you on how to do so.

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