How Do You Get a Hunting License in Iowa?

Hunters can get a hunting license in Iowa via mail in application, applying online or through a local license retailer. Purchasing a license online or through the mail may result in a wait of a few weeks for processing and delivery of the hunting license.

Use the following steps to apply for a hunting license online.

  1. Go to the license application page
  2. Visit Iowa Department of Natural Resources website, and click on the Hunting tab. Then click on Hunting Licenses and Laws in the left-hand menu. On the next page, click on the link under Buy Your License Online to go to the license registration and payment application.

  3. Create an account
  4. Scroll down and click on the Start Now button. Fill in the requested residence information including a driver's license number or social security number. Select the correct name and address from the search results page. Create the account, including a username and password.

  5. Purchase the hunting license
  6. Select the desired hunting license option from the list. On the next page, fill in the payment information. Pay with credit, debit or a bank check. Print out or download and save the confirmation page. The license usually comes in the mail within 5 to 10 business days.