You can purchase an Oregon fishing license online or at an ODFW license vendor. Here are step-by-step directions for purchasing online.
Note to Apple iPhone users: When electronically tagging a fish on your Combined Angling Tag or Hatchery Harvest Card using the mobile app, it may not appear on the tag or card view in the app. Your harvest has been recorded, and you can view it through the full ELS website. We hope to have this bug fixed shortly.
1. Log into the ODFW electronic licensing system from the MyODFW.com website. Click on the green "Buy a license" button.
2. Verify/create an account, if you haven't already.
3. Once logged in, select “Purchase from the catalog.”
4. From there, select “Fishing” from the list of available categories.
5. Select the licenses and other documents you want to “Add to cart.” Other documents to consider in addition to a fishing license are:
6. Proceed to checkout.
7. Check out.
If you receive an error message saying you must verify your Social Security number, chances are good you've accidentally created a duplicate account. Meaning you already had an ODFW account without realizing it, and tried to create a new account instead of verifying your existing account. Happens all the time.
The bad news: You must contact ODFW.firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that your accounts be merged. This can only be completed Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The good news: You can use "Guest Checkout" to purchase/print a daily license if you're going fishing immediately and it's outside of normal business hours. Then contact the ODFW licensing staff about purchasing annual documents.
During the check out process, you will be asked if you’d like to print a paper copy of your documents, or download an electronic version onto your smartphone using the MyODFW app. You also will indicate if you want to tag salmon, steelhead and sturgeon electronically or using a paper angling tag or harvest card.
You can print a paper copies of your documents on your home computer. You can’t reduce the size of documents before you print it, but you can trim excess blank paper to make it easier to fold them into a manageable size.
If necessary, you can print multiple copies of your license, but only one copy of your Combined Angling Tag or Hatchery Harvest Card.
If you choose to carry your license and other documents on your smartphone, you'll need to download the MyODFW app from the Google Play or iPhone App store. Log into the app using the same user name and password you created in the licensing system.
You can buy a license for someone else online, but they need to have their own online account. They also must have their own smartphone if you select an electronic option for them. (You cannot carry their electronic license for them on your smart phone.)
Otherwise, you can print a paper copy of their documents for them to carry.
You can still go to an * or an to buy your license and other documents.
*Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, ODFW offices are currently closed to the public. However, several license vendors are open. Call ahead to confirm. (June 25, 2020)
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