Restricted licence

Apply for or renew your licence

You can apply for a new game hunting licence or renew an existing licence using our online services. You can read more about applying or renewing online or use the links below to get started.

It is important to read below about how to become accredited and qualify for the Restricted Licence before you apply.

Apply Renew

The Restricted Licence (R-Licence) allows you to hunt game and feral animals on public land that has been declared and opened to hunting, or on private land with the permission of the landholder.

Use the links above to apply for or renew an R-Licence. If you can't apply online, use the application forms below.

NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence - application/renewal form (PDF, 119.53 KB)

NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence - upgrade from G-Licence form (PDF, 109.04 KB)

NSW Game Hunting Licence - licence replacement application (PDF, 98.4 KB)

Note: you must download and submit a PDF form to upgrade from a NSW General Standard Licence to an R-Licence, or to request a replacement licence.

How to seek accreditation

If you would like to seek accreditation for the R-Licence you can:

  • complete the online R-Licence Accreditation Course, or
  • contact your local club and see if they are a Hunter LEAP Provider and have nominated Trainers.


R-Licence applicants must:

Approved Hunting Organisations

Before qualifying for an R-licence, you must become a member of an Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO). You must also maintain your membership for your R-licence to remain valid. There are close to 200 AHOs registered in NSW.

You will be asked to provide proof of your membership when you apply.


Once you have become a member of an AHO and completed the accreditation requirements you need to apply to the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Use the links at the top of the page to either apply online or submit an application form.

If you don't apply online, your application must contain:

  1. a completed and signed R-licence application form (PDF, 119.53 KB)
  2. an R-Licence accreditation form (you may have up to four forms if you completed the online course)
  3. proof of your membership of an AHO
  4. proof of minor or pensioner concession (if applicable)
  5. payment details.

Applications not containing all the required information will be returned to the applicant.


The concession rate is only available to minors (under 18 years) and certain pensioners. Supporting evidence must be supplied with your application. Read the Granting a licence page for more information on qualifying for the concession rate.

Licence term Full rate Concession rate
1 year $75 $50
2 years $145 $97
3 years $210 $140
4 years $270 $180
5 years $325 $217


$25 million public liability insurance is attached to every standard R-Licence.