Hunting License

How to obtain a hunting license in Hawaii.

Hunting in Hawaii requires a hunting license whether you hunt on public or private land.


In order to purchase a Hawaii Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents: 


  • a Hawaii Hunter Education Wallet Card; or
  • a Letter of Exemption.


Hawaii Hunter Education Wallet Cards are issued to graduates of our basic Hunter Education course and you may use it to purchase a Hawaii Hunting License directly from a license agent at various retail locations throughout the state. You may also purchase your Hawaii Hunting License online.


Letters of Exemption are issued free to those who have an out-of-state hunter education card or a Hawaii Hunting License issued prior to July 1, 1990. Click here for a Letter of Exemption mail request form.


If you're a nonresident without a hunter education card, contact your local hunter education office and find out how, when, and where to enroll in a hunter education course in your home state/province. Once you get your hunter education certificate, you need to fill out and mail in a completed Letter of Exemption form to our office. Once your form is processed and validated you will be able to purchase a Hawaii hunting license.


If you are a nonimmigrant alien and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition into the United States, please read this notice by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


If you are a disabled hunter, please review the vehicle permit application and the cross-bow permit application


Unfortunately, many hunters don't plan or research their hunting trips before traveling to Hawaii and are turned away at the license agent's counter because they were unaware of this license requirement. As always, with any hunting trip, know before you go!


Information gathered from DLNR website.