Complimentary Licenses

Acquired Brain Injury (fish only)

A complimentary fishing license may be issued to any person with a head injury as defined by Title 22, section 3086.

This complimentary license remains effective for the life of the license holder if the license is not revoked or suspended.

The license can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Complimentary License Application.

Blind (fish only)

A complimentary fishing license may be issued to a resident who is 16 years of age and older and blind.

This license remains valid for the life of the license holder, as long as the license holder continues to satisfy the residency requirements in Title 12, section 10001, subsection 53, and the license is not revoked or suspended.

The application must be accompanied by certified evidence that the applicant is permanently blind. For the purpose of this subsection, "blind" means having visual acuity for distant vision of 20/200 if the widest diameter of field vision subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.

The license can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Complimentary License Application.

DHHS Custody (fish only)

A complimentary fishing license may be issued to any resident 16 or 17 years old who is in the custody of DHHS.

The license can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Complimentary License Application.

Disabled Veteran

A disabled veteran who has a service connected disability evaluated at 50% or more may obtain a complimentary license to fish, trap, hunt, including archery, muzzleload, bear, migratory bird, pheasant, spring/fall wild turkey, coyote night hunt, crossbow, one expanded archery antlerless deer permit, and upon meeting the qualifications, a license to guide.

This license is available to disabled veterans who are residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

This license(s) remains valid for the life of the license holder, as long as the license holder continues to satisfy the residency requirements in Title 12, section 10001, subsection 53, and the license is not revoked or suspended.

Note: Holders of this license no longer have to obtain the additional permits each year as they are now included as part of the license. They must still apply for any lottery permits such as moose and any-deer.

The license can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Complimentary License Application.

Developmentally Disabled (fish only)

A complimentary fishing license may be issued to any person with developmental disability, as defined in Title 5, section 19503, subsection 3.

The application must be accompanied by a statement signed by the persons physician that states that the applicant's functional limitations substantially limit that person's ability to fish independently.

This complimentary license remains effective for the life of the license holder, if the license is not revoked or suspended.

The license can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Complimentary License Application.

Native American

Members of federally recognized nation, band or tribe.   The commissioner shall issue a hunting, trapping and fishing license, including permits, stamps and other permission needed to hunt, trap and fish, to a person, 10 years of age or older, who is an enrolled member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or the Aroostook Band of Micmacs that is valid for the life of that person without any charge or fee if the person presents certification from the respective reservation governor; or the Aroostook Micmac Council stating that the person described is a an enrolled member of a federally recognized nation, band or tribe listed in this subsection. Holders of these licenses are subject to this Part, including, but not limited to, a lottery or drawing system for issuing a particular license or permit.

Over 70

The complimentary Over 70 license is no longer available, but for a one time fee of $8.00, a Maine resident who is 70 years of age or older, and does not possess a Lifetime License, can obtain a license to fish, trap, hunt, and archery. The following permits are included with the hunt and/or archery license for those that are 70 years of age or older: muzzleload, bear, migratory bird, pheasant, spring/fall wild turkey, coyote night hunt, crossbow, one expanded archery antlerless deer permit, or renewal of a license to guide. Note: All other adult Lifetime License holders are required to purchase these permits, until they reach the age of 70, and are not required to pay the one time fee of $8.00. Newly enacted law in 2011, allows a person 70 years of age or older to hunt wild birds and wild animals with a crossbow during any open season on that wild bird or wild animal. A crossbow safety course is required.

These licenses may be obtained at any time in the calendar year that person turns 70.

The license can be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta or from a local license agent and are valid for the lifetime of the license holder. You may also print the resident lifetime license application, if you want to obtain the license by mail. Note: Holders of this license no longer have to obtain the additional permits each year as they are now included as part of the license. They must still apply for any lottery permits such as moose and any-deer.

The trapping license and guide renewals can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta.

If a person 70 years of age or older has already purchased a lifetime license before they reached 70 years old, and shows proof of having a previous trapping license or completing a trapper education course, they may obtain a trapping license at no charge from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Trapping License Application.

Maine residents 70 years of age or older may also renew a guides license at no charge. The guide renewals may only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Guide License Application.

Paraplegic

A complimentary resident hunting and fishing license may be issued to a resident who has lost, or who has permanently lost the use of, both lower extremities. This license remains valid for the life of the license holder, as long as the license holder continues to satisfy the residency requirements in Title 12, section 10001, subsection 53, and the license is not revoked or suspended.

A complimentary nonresident hunting and fishing license may also be issued to a person from another state who would qualify as described above as long as the state where the person resides provides a reciprocal privilege for residents of this State.

The following states currently have reciprocal privileges (New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts).

The license(s) can only be obtained from IF&W's main office in Augusta. Download Complimentary License Application.

Maine residents who have a complimentary paraplegic hunting license or are suffering from the the permanent loss of use of both lower extremities or have lost all or part of one or more lower limbs (not including a partial foot amputation) are also entitled to an any-deer permit in the district of their choice in any part of the State open to the taking of antlerless deer. The person is required to supply the Department with a statement from their physician confirming the person's condition. You do not need to apply for an Any-Deer permit. Your license grants you the right to an antlerless deer from any wildlife management district where Any-Deer permits have been allocated. When registering the antlerless deer, you will use your MOSES ID Number as your permit number.