Requirements & Fees

Requirements & Fees 2017-03-30T09:28:08+00:00

Fishing License Requirements & Fees

Click the tab headings below to learn more about Fishing License Requirements & Fees, as referenced by the New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info booklet.

See also Disability, Age, & Military Benefits.

General Information

While fishing in New Mexico, persons 12 years and older must possess a valid New Mexico Fishing License or Game Hunting & Fishing License. (Need a license? Click Here to buy one online.) 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 are available by application at the NMDGF Headquarters in Santa Fe, NM. These fishing licenses do not require a Habitat Stamp, Habitat Management & Access Validation or a Second Rod Validation.
  • 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.

Habitat Management & Access Validation

In addition to a New Mexico Fishing License or Game-hunting & Fishing License, once each license year (April 1–March 31) anglers must purchase a Habitat Management & Access Validation. The HMAV is not required for anglers under 18 years of age, residents 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veteran cardholders in conjunction with their free fishing license.

Habitat Stamp

To fish U.S. Forest Service and BLM lands in New Mexico, anglers 12 years of age and older must purchase a Habitat Stamp. Stamps are valid for one license year (April 1–March 31). This stamp is not required for anglers under 12 years of age and New Mexico resident anglers 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veteran cardholders. Funds from the sale of the Habitat Stamp are used for improvement projects, including building fish cover, removing sediment from reservoirs and ponds, monitoring and improving water quality, preventing erosion and restoring lakes and trout streams.

Second Rod Validation

To fish with two rods, anglers 12–69 years of age must purchase a Second Rod Validation. This validation is not required for New Mexico residents 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veteran cardholders. All other license regulations, such as bag and possession limits, remain the same.

Gila Trout Fishing Permit Free for Select Locations

A Gila Trout Fishing Permit is required to fish Black Canyon, Gilita Creek, Mineral Creek, Mogollon Creek, Sapillo Creek, West Fork Gila River (headwaters to East Fork confluence), Whitewater Creek, and Willow Creek (including tributaries). This permit is free and available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us and at local NMDGF offices.

Fee by License Type

Licenses, stamps and validations may be purchased online, toll-free: 1-888-248-6866, at all NMDGF offices or over the counter (OTC) at local vendors. License Purchases Make Conservation Possible

License Type Resident* Nonresident

Annual Fishing

$25.00

$56.00

One-day Fishing

12.00

12.00

Five-day Fishing

24.00

24.00

Junior Annual Fishing (age 12–17)

5.00

15.00

Senior Annual Fishing (age 65–69)

8.00

NA

70 Years and Older Annual Fishing
Free license available to New Mexico residents only and does not require a Habitat Stamp, Habitat Management & Access Validation or Second Rod Validation. If obtained over-the-counter (above) a license vendor fee of one dollar applies.

Free

NA

Handicapped Annual Fishing

8.00

NA

Second Rod Validation

4.00

4.00

Game-hunting & Fishing:
Squirrel and game birds (other than turkey) and fishing

30.00

NA

Junior Game-hunting & Fishing:
Squirrel and game birds (other than turkey) and fishing

15.00

NA

Senior and Handicapped Game-hunting & Fishing

20.00

NA

Military Game-hunting & Fishing

20.00

NA

Disabled Veteran Game-hunting & Fishing

10.00

NA

Habitat Stamp
Mandatory on all USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties.

5.00

5.00

Habitat Management & Access Validation (HMAV)
Not required for individuals under 18 years of age, residents anglers 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veteran cardholders in conjunction with their free license (page 4). HMAV does not replace the Habitat Stamp.

4.00

4.00

OTC Duplicate License (If license is lost or destroyed):
Duplicate licenses obtained from a vendor will be charged a one dollar ($1) fee.

NC

NC

Over-the-counter purchases are charged an additional vendor fee of $1 for each document.

NA = Not Available.
NC = No Charge.

New Mexico Residency Requirements

*To qualify for New Mexico resident fees, an individual must meet one of the following criteria.

  1. A United States citizen who has been domiciled in New Mexico for a period of not less than 90 days immediately preceding the date of application for a license and who does not claim residency elsewhere for any purpose. Temporary or seasonal residents, who maintain a primary residence outside of New Mexico, do not qualify for resident licenses.
  2. A citizen of another country who is legally in the United States and can verify residence in New Mexico for 90 days immediately preceding his/her license application.
  3. A student who has attended an educational institution in New Mexico while residing in the state for at least one full term preceding the application for a license. Students also must present a certificate or letter from the institution verifying their enrollment and attendance.
  4. A member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is assigned permanently to a military installation located within New Mexico and who presents with his/her application a certificate or letter that verifies the military assignment and is signed by the commanding officer.
  5. A member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is officially stationed at a military reservation located partially in New Mexico and an adjacent state and who presents with his/her application a certificate or letter that verifies the military assignment and is signed by the commanding officer. This applies only for a special license for hunting and fishing in New Mexico on the military reservation only.
Reference (2017-18 NM Fishing Rules & Info pgs. 2, 4)

Purchase of Stamps and Validations

Habitat Stamps and Habitat Management & Access Validations may be purchased online, by telephone or at license vendors. Purchase will be required if applicable upon receipt of a license or permit and prior to hunting, fishing or trapping.

Habitat Management & Access Validation

In addition to a New Mexico Fishing License or Game-hunting & Fishing License, once each license year (April 1–March 31) anglers must purchase a Habitat Management & Access Validation. The HMAV is not required for anglers under 18 years of age, residents 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veteran cardholders in conjunction with their free fishing license.

Habitat Stamp

To fish U.S. Forest Service and BLM lands in New Mexico, anglers 12 years of age and older must purchase a Habitat Stamp. Stamps are valid for one license year (April 1–March 31). This stamp is not required for anglers under 12 years of age and New Mexico resident anglers 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veteran cardholders. Funds from the sale of the Habitat Stamp are used for improvement projects, including building fish cover, removing sediment from reservoirs and ponds, monitoring and improving water quality, preventing erosion and restoring lakes and trout streams.