Get an Outdoors Card

How to buy an Outdoors Card, the wallet-sized plastic ID card you need to hunt or fish in Ontario.

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Outdoors Card

Overview

To fish or hunt in Ontario, most people need a valid licence. This includes:

  • an Outdoors Card (valid for 3 calendar years)
  • fishing and/or hunting licence tags (valid for 1 or 3 calendar years)

You need an Outdoors Card before you can buy a licence tag.

A licence tag is either:

  • a separate document you carry with your plastic Outdoors Card or
  • directly printed on the back of your Outdoors Card

You must carry both an Outdoors Card and the appropriate licence tag whenever you fish or hunt.

Types of cards and licence tags

Outdoors Cards come in fishing and hunting versions.

The activity you want to do determines the type of licence tag(s) and Outdoors Card you need.

If you want to: You need:
Fish
  • an Outdoors Card (fishing version)
  • a fishing licence tag, either:
    • sport: to keep most of the fish you catch
    • conservation: to live release most of the fish you catch

You must follow catch and possession limits

Hunt
  • an Outdoors Card (hunting version)
  • hunting licence tags for the type of game you want to hunt
  • apply to a draw for validation tags to hunt big game (including moose, antlerless deer or deer in a controlled area)
Fish and hunt
  • an Outdoors Card (hunting version)
  • sport or conservation fishing licence tag
  • hunting licence tags for the type of game you want to hunt
  • apply to a draw for validation tags to hunt big game (including  moose, antlerless deer or deer in a controlled area)

Fees

Starting in December 2014, a $2 service fee will be applied to each product related to hunting and fishing for which a fee is charged. Read more.

First Outdoors Card $9.68 plus service fee and tax

Licence tags

Costs vary depending on the type of tag

Fees for fishing tags:

Ontario residents

Non-Canadian residents

Canadian residents

Fees for hunting tags:

Ontario residents

Non-residents of Ontario

Buy an Outdoors Card

Activity Card type Residency Required information Where you can buy
Fishing

Outdoors Card (fishing version)

 

Ontario resident or Canadian resident or non-Canadian resident

  • first and last name
  • date of birth
  • mailing and residential address
  • height and eye colour

Online

At participating ServiceOntario centres

At licence issuers

Hunting

Outdoors Card (hunting version)

Ontario resident

  • first and last name
  • date of birth
  • mailing and residential address
  • height and eye colour
  • proof that you are eligible to hunt in Ontario
  • under 16: a signed consent form

In person only at participating ServiceOntario centres

Hunting

Outdoors Card (hunting version)

Canadian resident or non-resident

  • first and last name
  • date of birth
  • mailing and residential address
  • height and eye colour
  • proof that you are eligible to hunt in Ontario
  • under 16: not eligible to hunt

In person at participating ServiceOntario centres

At licence issuers

Apprenticeship

Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card

Ontario resident only

  • first and last name
  • date of birth
  • mailing and residential address
  • height and eye colour
  • proof that you have successfully passed the Ontario Hunter Education Course
  • must be 12 or older
  • between 12 and 15: a signed consent form

In person only at participating ServiceOntario centres

Licence tags

You need an Outdoors Card before you can buy licence tags to fish or hunt in Ontario.

Fishing

1-year or 3-year licence tag.  All tags expire December 31 of the year printed on the licence tag.

Small game

1-year or 3-year licence tag. All tags expire December 31 of the year printed on the licence tag.

Hunting (big game)

  • annual tag
  • tag must be specific to the game you wish to hunt
  • all tags expire December 31
  • validation tags, distributed through an annual draw, are required to hunt moose, antlerless deer or deer in a controlled area

Buy licence tags

You can buy your licence tag:

Temporary licence

If you buy your Outdoors Card and licence tag online, you need to print the licence documents.

If you buy your Outdoors Card and licence tag at an issuer, you will receive a temporary Outdoors Card and licence. You can use these temporary documents immediately; you must carry them with you until you receive your plastic card in the mail.

Updated: November 10, 2014