Commercial Licenses and Permits
Commercial licenses expire December 31 each year, unless otherwise noted. You can renew your license online or by mail (while LDWF Headquarters is closed).
How do I purchase a commercial license?
While the LDWF Headquarters building is closed due to the COVID-19 threat, we will accept new commercial license applications via:
- Mail to LDWF Commercial Licensing, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898; accepted payment methods are check, cashier’s check, and money order
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org (scan and attach application and all required documents to email; licensing staff will contact applicants by phone to collect payment by credit card)
You must provide proof of residency for your domiciliary state. If you’re applying for a license in a business name, you must provide documentation of a valid federal tax ID number assigned to your business name and authorized signature OR an occupational license.
How do I qualify for resident rates?
To purchase a license at the resident rate, you must meet the bona fide residency requirements defined below and present one of the following valid forms of identification:
- Louisiana driver’s license (valid for 12 months or more)
- Louisiana identification card (issued by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety)
If you obtain a resident license but do not comply with the bona fide residency requirements as stated below, you will be subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions.
Bona Fide Residency Requirements:
You’re a bona fide resident if you’ve resided in the state of Louisiana continuously during the 12 months immediately prior to the date you apply for any license and if you’ve established Louisiana as your legal domicile. You must demonstrate compliance with all of the following, as applicable:
- If you’re registered to vote, you’re registered to vote in Louisiana
- If you’re licensed to drive a motor vehicle, you have a valid Louisiana driver’s license
- If you own a motor vehicle located within Louisiana, you have a valid Louisiana registration for that vehicle
- If you earn an income, you have filed a Louisiana state income tax return and have complied with state income tax law and regulations.
With respect to a corporation or other legal entity, a resident is incorporated or otherwise organized under and subject to the laws of Louisiana, is domiciled in Louisiana, and has a permanent physical location of business in Louisiana where records are held.
Any person, corporation, or other legal entity that possesses a resident license from any other state or country shall not qualify for a resident license in Louisiana.