Are you an avid angler who loves fishing the bountiful waters of Arkansas? Tired of renewing your fishing license every year? A lifetime fishing license may be the perfect solution for you. As a longtime Arkansas resident and fishing enthusiast, I’ve navigated the process of obtaining a lifetime license and want to share my experience to help others achieve this goal easily. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to secure your lifetime pass to fishing the Natural State.

Step 1: Understanding the Requirements and Options

Arkansas offers several types of lifetime licenses for residents, with varying costs based on age:

  • 65 Plus Lifetime Fishing License (PLF): For residents 65 and older. Cost: $10.50
  • 65 Plus Lifetime Combination License (PLC): Includes hunting and fishing privileges. Cost: $35.50
  • 65 Plus Lifetime Trout Permit (PLT): An add-on to the PLF for trout fishing. Cost: $5.00
  • Resident Lifetime Combination License (LSP2): For residents of any age. Cost: $1,000

To be eligible, you must be a bona fide Arkansas resident, meaning you’ve physically inhabited a residence in the state for at least 60 days prior to applying. Proof of age and residency is required.

Step 2: Gathering Required Documentation

Before applying, collect the following:

  1. Proof of age: Arkansas driver’s license, birth certificate, or military record
  2. Proof of residency: Arkansas driver’s license or state ID card issued at least 60 days prior

Tip: A photocopy of your current Arkansas driver’s license or ID card satisfies both age and residency requirements. Avoid sending original documents.

Step 3: Choosing Your Application Method

You can apply for an Arkansas lifetime fishing license either online, by phone, by mail, or in person. Let’s explore each option:

Online via AGFC Licensing System

  1. Visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s online licensing system at https://ar-licensing.s3licensing.com/.
  2. Log in or create a new account.
  3. Select the desired lifetime license from the catalog.
  4. Follow the prompts to enter your information and upload proof of age and residency.
  5. Pay the license fee with a credit card.
  6. Print your license or save a digital copy.

By Phone

Call the AGFC licensing hotline at 833-345-0325 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Have your personal information and payment method ready.

By Mail

  1. Download and print the Lifetime License Application Form from https://www.agfc.com/en/resources/licensing/lifetimesenior/.
  2. Complete the form and attach photocopies of your proof of age and residency.
  3. Include a check or money order payable to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.
  4. Mail the form, documentation, and payment to:

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Lifetime License Section
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

In Person

Visit an AGFC regional office, nature center, or participating license dealer. Bring your proof of age, proof of residency, and payment. Find locations at https://www.agfc.com/en/resources/licensing/locations/.

Step 4: Using the AGFC Mobile App

The AGFC offers a convenient mobile app for storing your license and permits. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download the AGFC app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Log in or create an account, following the prompts to verify your identity.
  3. View your lifetime license under “Licenses & Permits”.
  4. Enable location services for weather conditions and other features.

Tip: If you had the old AGFC app, you’ll need to download the new version and create a new account, as previous login credentials won’t work.

Step 5: Lifetime Trout Permit Add-On

If you plan to fish for trout or in certain trout waters, you’ll need to add a Lifetime Trout Permit to your Lifetime Fishing License. You can purchase the add-on for $5.00 (if 65 or older) or $10.00 (if 64 or younger) through the same methods outlined in Step 3.

Step 6: Enjoying Your Lifetime License Benefits

With your Arkansas lifetime fishing license in hand, you’re set to enjoy angling privileges for life. Some key benefits include:

  • No more annual license renewals or fees
  • Cost savings over time compared to annual licenses
  • Supports AGFC’s conservation efforts through your license purchase
  • Lifetime Trout Permit covers trout fishing privileges
  • Combination licenses include hunting privileges

Remember, you must still follow all fishing regulations, daily limits, and seasonal restrictions set by the AGFC.

Step 7: Replacing a Lost or Damaged License

If your lifetime license is lost or damaged, you can easily replace it:

  1. Visit www.ilostmycard.com or call 800-830-2268.
  2. Provide your personal information to verify your identity.
  3. Pay a small replacement fee.
  4. Receive your new license by mail or print it yourself.

Conclusion

Obtaining an Arkansas lifetime fishing license is a smart investment for devoted anglers, offering convenience and cost savings. By following this step-by-step guide, you should be well-equipped to navigate the application process and start enjoying a lifetime of fishing the Natural State. Remember to review the latest regulations before each fishing trip and consider supporting AGFC’s conservation efforts beyond your license purchase.

Can non-residents purchase an Arkansas lifetime fishing license?

No, only Arkansas residents are eligible for lifetime licenses.

Is there a minimum age requirement for the Resident Lifetime Combination License?

No, residents of any age can purchase the $1,000 Resident Lifetime Combination License.

What happens to my lifetime license if I move out of Arkansas?

Your lifetime license remains valid only as long as you maintain Arkansas residency. If you move out of state permanently, you’ll need to obtain the appropriate licenses in your new state of residence.

Can I add hunting privileges to my 65 Plus Lifetime Fishing License?

Yes, you can upgrade to the 65 Plus Lifetime Combination License for an additional $25.00, which includes hunting privileges.

Are there any additional permits or stamps required beyond the lifetime license?

Depending on where and what you fish for, you may need additional permits or stamps, such as the Trout Permit, Federal Duck Stamp (for migratory waterfowl), or special permits for certain wildlife management areas. Always check the current fishing regulations for requirements.

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