Residency Definitions and Requirements

Resident—You are considered a resident if you have resided in the state for six months or have been domiciled (established a permanent residence) for 60 days. When residency is used to establish eligibility, the applicant must complete a Certificate of Residency, available from a wildlife service agent or the Wildlife Resources Commission, certifying that he has maintained his residence in a county of the state for at least 60 days with the intent to reside there permanently or indefinitely. Individuals claiming residency in another state cannot claim to be a resident in NC regardless of whether they own property, pay property tax, pay utility bills, etc... in NC. Residency can only be established in one state.


Students—Nonresident students may purchase a resident license while attending a university, college or community college in North Carolina. When purchasing your license from a wildlife service agent, you must show your valid student identification.


Military Stationed In NC—Nonresident members of the U.S. Armed Forces (including their spouses and children under 18) who are stationed in the state are deemed residents of the state and of the counties in which they reside for the purpose of purchasing resident licenses.


Military Stationed Outside NC—Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty outside the State of North Carolina shall be deemed an individual resident of the State for the purpose of purchasing short-term and annual hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.


Nonresident—Nonresident status applies to anyone who does not live in the state of North Carolina, with the exceptions noted above (students and military).