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Hunter Education Requirements

Prerequisite to Purchasing Hunting Items

To purchase a California hunting license you must provide an accepted form of hunter education and have it added to your CDFW customer profile. Hunter education cannot be added through our Online License Sales and Services website. 

Hunter Education must be added by a License Agent, CDFW Sales Office, or by submitting the following documentation to CDFW via fax at (916) 419-7585 or email

Documentation Needed

  • Personal identification (i.e., driver’s license) or GO ID (Existing CDFW customer)
  • An Accepted Form of Hunter Education (listed below)

Once hunter education is added to your profile, hunting licenses and items will be available for purchase now and in the future.

Accepted Forms of Hunter Education

The CDFW will accept any of the following forms as proof of meeting hunter education requirements:

  • Annual California Hunting License (issued in any prior year)
  • Two-day California Nonresident Hunting License (issued after 1999/2000)
  • California Hunter Education Certificate (with imprinted number or validation stamp)
  • Certificate of successful completion of a California-approved hunter education course from any state or province
  • Current hunting license or hunting license issued within the previous two years from any state, province, European country, or South Africa

Need a Duplicate Hunter Education Certificate?

Did you successfully pass a California Hunter Education Class, after 1989? If we can locate your name in our hunter education database, we can certify your hunter education on your CDFW customer profile which allows you to purchase a duplicate hunter education certificate at a License Agent or CDFW Sales Office.

To locate your hunter education record, contact any CDFW Sales Office or our Hunter Education Office by telephone at (916) 653-1235.

If we are unable to locate your name in our database, or you took the class prior to 1989, you can contact the original instructor, club, or organization where the course was taught to try and obtain a duplicate.

If your record of completion cannot be located, you will need to repeat the course.

License and Revenue Branch
Main Office: 1740 N. Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834 | Sales Offices
(916) 928-5805 |

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