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Commercial Licenses and Permits

Commercial licenses expire December 31 each year, unless otherwise noted. You can renew your license online, in person, or by mail.

How do I purchase a commercial license?

You can purchase new commercial licenses at LDWF Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge during normal business hours, 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. You can also download an application and submit it via email or mail.

  • Email it to commercial@wlf.la.gov. Scan and attach the application and all required documents to your email; licensing staff will contact applicants by phone to collect payment by credit card.
  • Mail it to the address below with a copy of your driver’s license and a check or money order for your license fees:
    LDWF
    Commercial License Section
    PO Box 98000
    Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

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.

 

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For more information, please call 225.765.2898

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.