Licenses and Permits

The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages licenses, permits, registrations, stamps and conservation access passes related to fishing, hunting, boating, and the use of state wildlife areas.

There are hunter safety and boating safety education requirements that must be met.

Manage Your Recreational Licenses on Digital DNREC

Learn more about the requirements for recreational hunting and fishing licenses, and access to state wildlife areas, in Delaware.

Use the Digital DNREC ePermitting system for recreational fishing and hunting licenses, license exempt numbers, deer harvest report cards and tags, deer damage assistance, hunter education, waterfowl stamps, permits, Conservation Access Passes, and harvest reporting.

If you do not already have an account, you can register on Digital DNREC.

Note: Because of the public health restrictions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, recreational license sales at DNREC offices are suspended.

Boating Registration

Delaware law requires the registration of all motorboats, including those powered by electric motors, if Delaware is its state of principal use. All motorboats launched from tidal access areas administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife must be registered in Delaware or have a valid Tidal Access Boat Ramp Certificate.

Commercial Fishing

For information on commercial fishing and commercial fishing licenses, contact the Boat Registration Office at 302-739-9916.

Attention Commercial Striped Bass Quota Holders

Secretary Garvin’s April 13 Emergency Order allows 2020 Striped Bass quota and tags already distributed to one quota holder to be transferred to another quota holder. Just fill out the required form and return it to Commercial Licensing. The form can be mailed, faxed, scanned or emailed. You can take a photo of it and email it, etc. Call Commercial Licensing at 302-739-9916 for more information.