*Disability must be service-connected. Applicants can also qualify based as POW status

Service connection means the VA is paying you for a disability on a monthly basis.  A 0% Service Connected rating still is considered service connected, and you can qualify for a disabled lifetime hunting and fishing license.  

Keep in mind this is just the license.  You still need to buy:  Tags, habitat stamp, trout stamp, etc. 

Total costs of lifetime license is:  $7.00 (Check, or cashier checks only no cash).

Application get mailed to:  DNR Central Office 502 E 9th St Des Moines, IA 50319 Phone: (515) 725-8200 Fax: (515) 725-8201

Please READ the instructions on the application with what the DNR needs for documentation in order to issue you a license.

Iowa DNR unveils new online hunting and fishing license system

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DNR General Press Release

May 1, 2019


Iowa DNR unveils new online hunting and fishing license system

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Murphy, DNR Director of Communications, (515) 729.7533, Alex.Murphy@dnr.iowa.gov

DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR is unveiling the latest innovative technology available at your fingertips when it comes to hunting and fishing licenses.

The new system, Go Outdoors Iowa, launched in February 2019 and makes it easier and more convenient for hunters and anglers to purchase licenses, manage profile information, apply for quota hunts, and report harvests.

“We are excited to implement a modern technology solution that not only brings efficiencies to the agency, but also provides so many added values and benefits for our users,” said Alex Cross, DNR Customer Service and Licensing Supervisor.

Public users will be able to log-in to their customer profile from anywhere with a cellular/internet connection to edit customer details, purchase new licenses, reprint licenses, set up license auto-renew, report a harvest, and submit quota hunt applications.

The Go Outdoors Iowa app, downloadable for free through the App Store or Google Play Store, allows users to purchase and access their hunting and fishing licenses from anywhere, anytime via mobile devices, as well as renew licenses, view hunting regulations, report harvests and view current sunrise/sunset times.

A new collectible hard card is available for purchase in two different designs—a largemouth bass or a pheasant—created by native Iowa artist Bruce Gordon. The durable hard card costs $5 and will include purchased licenses printed on the back for the year. The cards are available to purchase online or in person and will be mailed out after purchase. New designs on the hard card will be unveiled each year.


The new licensing system is accessible, as well as additional information, by visiting https://www.iowadnr.gov/GoOutdoorsIowa. Customer may continue to visit any license agent location to purchase their licenses and permits.

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Go Outdoors Iowa: Iowa's new licensing system

Check it out! The latest innovative technology is now right at your fingertips when it comes to your Iowa hunting and fishing licenses! Iowa DNR has recently launched Go Outdoors Iowa, a brand new licensing system that makes it easier and available for users to:

  • Sign up for Auto Renew *New 
  • Purchase a Collectible Hard Card *New  
  • Report Harvests
  • Reprint Your Current Licenses *New
  • Apply for Controlled Hunts
  • Electronically Manage Your Licenses
  • Download the GoOutdoorsIowa app via the AppStore or Google Play that allows you to purchase, store and renew your licenses, view hunting regulations, current sunrise/sunset times and report your harvests *New