Disability, Age, & Military Benefits

Disability, Age, & Military Benefits 2017-03-30T09:30:10+00:00

Fee Discounts & Certain Exceptions

Click the tab headings below to learn more (and download forms) for special discounts (military, seniors, and disability) as well as certain exceptions to Fishing License Requirements & Fees referenced in the 2017-18 New Mexico Fishing Rules and Info booklet.

See also Fishing License Requirements & Fees.

Handicapped Fishing Licenses

Handicapped Fishing Licenses are available to New Mexico residents with severe physical or developmental disabilities. These fishing licenses require a Habitat Stamp, if applicable, and Habitat Management & Access Validation.

Disabled Veterans Game-hunting & Fishing Licenses

Residents who are disabled veterans of the armed services, but do not meet the 100%-disabled qualification, are eligible for a $10 Game-hunting & Fishing License ($20 savings). Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing Licenses are available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us, at NMDGF offices and at local vendors.
A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp, if applicable are required with the Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing License.

Disabled Veteran Card Application

Free Licenses for 100% Disabled Veteran New Mexico Residents

New Mexico residents who are 100% disabled veterans of the armed services are eligible for a free lifetime Game-hunting & Fishing License. Disabled veterans may apply to NMDGF for a Disabled American Veteran Card, which allows the holder to fish, hunt small game and receive a deer hunting license. Card holders do not need to buy or possess a Habitat Stamp or Habitat Management & Access Validation when fishing or hunting small game or deer. If trapping or if hunting turkey or other big-game species, the Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation are required.

50% Discount for Resident Active Military and Veterans

50% discounts on all licenses, permits and stamps are available to New Mexico residents who are active duty military or veterans. The discount may be claimed by applying for or purchasing any license, permit or stamp online, by telephone or at any license vendor. Residents claiming this discount must be able to provide proof of active duty military or veteran status upon request. Discount does not apply to: license vendor fees or the Resident Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing license. For specific eligibility requirements, see pages 40 and 42.

Active Duty Military (N.M. Resident): Current active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard for a minimum period of 90 days; or six continuous years as a traditional member of the National Guard or Reserves, or as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, other than for training purposes only.

Veteran (N.M. Resident): New Mexico resident veteran of active duty in the U.S. Military, National Guard or Military Reserve Component (National Guard and Reserves must have completed at least 6 years continuous honorable service), U.S. Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (PHS and NOAA must have been as part of a military operation).

Reference (2017-18 NM Fishing Rules & Info pgs. 40-42)

Free Licenses for 100% Disabled Veteran New Mexico Residents

New Mexico residents who are 100% disabled veterans of the armed services are eligible for a free lifetime Game-hunting & Fishing License. Disabled veterans may apply to NMDGF for a Disabled American Veteran Card, which allows the holder to fish, hunt small game and receive a deer hunting license. Card holders do not need to buy or possess a Habitat Stamp or Habitat Management & Access Validation when fishing or hunting small game or deer. If trapping or if hunting turkey or other big-game species, the Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation are required.

Disabled Veterans Game-hunting & Fishing Licenses

Residents who are disabled veterans of the armed services, but do not meet the 100%-disabled qualification, are eligible for a $10 Game-hunting & Fishing License ($20 savings). Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing Licenses are available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us, at NMDGF offices and at local vendors.
A Habitat Management & Access Validation and Habitat Stamp, if applicable (page 3), are required with the Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing License.

Military Rehabilitation Fishing License

Members or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in rehabilitation programs that include the learning and practice of fishing skills are eligible for free fishing licenses. The rehabilitation program must be sponsored by the federal government or a nonprofit organization authorized by the federal government and it must be under the direction of a military or federal Veteran’s Administration rehabilitation center. The Habitat Management & Access Validation and the Habitat Stamp are not required. For more information, please telephone toll-free: 1-888-248-6866.

Licenses and Age

While fishing in New Mexico, anglers 12 years and older must possess a valid New Mexico Fishing License or Game Hunting & Fishing License. The license years begins April 1 and ends March 31 the following year. Licenses are valid for one license year only. A New Mexico Fishing License is not required on tribal reservations and private Class-A lakes.

Licenses are not required for New Mexico resident and nonresident anglers 11 years of age or younger.

Junior Fishing Licenses are available to New Mexico resident and nonresident anglers 12–17 years of age.

Senior Fishing Licenses are available to New Mexico residents anglers 65–69 years of age.

Free Licenses for New Mexico residents 70 years and older are available at all NMDGF offices and license vendors. Free Fishing Licenses are not available to nonresidents. Free licenses for 100%-disabled veterans (page 4) are available by application at the NMDGF Headquarters in Santa Fe, NM (page iv). These fishing licenses do not require a Habitat Stamp, Habitat Management & Access Validation or a Second
Rod Validation.

License Refunds and Transfers

New Mexico Fishing Licenses and Game-hunting and Fishing Licenses are nontransferable and nonrefundable. For more information, telephone the NMDGF Information Center toll-free: 1-888-248-6866.

License Information Is Public Record

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, Sections 14-2-1 et seq. NMSA 1978, all information provided when applying for licenses and permits is “public record” and must be disclosed to anyone when properly requested, with the following exceptions: 1.) all but the last four digits of a taxpayer identification number, a financial account number or a driver’s license number; 2.) all but the year of a person’s date of birth; and 3.) a social security number; 4.) personal contact information.

Parental Responsibility Act

The Parental Responsibility Act requires the New Mexico State Game Commission to revoke the recreational and professional licenses of anyone who does not comply with court-ordered child support obligations. The purpose is to discourage parental neglect of children by suspending hunting and fishing privileges until failure to pay court-ordered child support has been corrected. For more information, telephone NMDGF Field Operations: (505) 476-8065 or toll-free: 1-888-248-6866.