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Nebraska Game and Parks is transitioning to a new, more user-friendly permit system. The new permit system launched the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The current system will remain available for the sale of 2022 permits, and select 2023 permits, through Jan. 31, 2023.

Find the list of available permits exclusive to each site below and read our new permit system FAQs. Check back for video tutorials and more information as Nov. 15 approaches.

Permit Selections

Current Permit Website

  • 2022 Park Entry
  • 2022 Fishing, Hunting and Fish/Hunt Combo
  • 2022 Fall Turkey
  • Limited Landowner
  • Late Antlerless Only Firearm
  • River Antlerless Late Firearm
  • Antlerless Only Season Choice
  • 2023 Mountain Lion

Buy a permit on the current website

New Permit Website

  • 2023 Park Entry
  • 2023 Fishing, Hunting and Fish/Hunt Combo
  • 2023 Senior Permits
  • 2023 Veteran renewals
  • 2023 Fur Harvest
  • 2023 Stamps (Habitat, Waterfowl, AIS)
  • Lifetime Fishing, Hunting, and Fish/Hunt Combo
  • Lifetime Stamps (Habitat Waterfowl)
  • Lifetime Resident Fur Harvest
  • 2023 Apprentice Certificate
Buy a permit on the new website

Note: Big game permits, Super Tag, lotteries, paddlefish and other specialty 2023 permits will be added to the new permit system as they become available in 2023.


Getting started

Anyone who has purchased a hunt, fish or parks permit online since 2016 should have an account and purchase history in the new system. Those who have not made a purchase online, or those who are new customers, will need to create an account in the new system.

Some products items, including park entry permits, Nebraskaland Magazine subscriptions and donations, may be made as a guest user and do not require an account. Learn more:

Who should create a profile?

Anyone who has not purchased a permit (park entry and lifetime permits not included) since 2016 may need to create a profile.

Permits that require a profile include:

  • Fishing permits (all)
  • Hunting permits (all)
  • Lifetime and combo permits
  • Senior and veteran permits
  • Super Tag combo/Lottery permits
  • Habitat, Waterfowl and Federal Duck stamps

Permits that do NOT require a profile include:

  • Park entry permits
  • Nebraskaland Magazine subscriptions
  • Non-resident boat AIS stamps

Logging in

All users must login to the new system using their username and password. Usernames are not case sensitive, but passwords are. Upon successful login, your personal home page will display.

To login to the new permit system:

  1. Connect to the new NGPC Permitting System website.
  2. Click Recreational User.
  3. Click Account Login.
  4. Enter your Username and Password.
  5. Click Login.

If you are having trouble logging in, the system will show an error message. Use the Forgot Password or Forgot Username links if you have already created an account. After three failed login attempts, users will be locked out. If you are locked out, contact Game and Parks at 402-471-0641 for assistance.

New permit system FAQs

Do I need profiles for both permit systems?

If you are buying both a 2022 and a 2023 permit and you have not purchased a permit before, you will need to create a profile in both systems. The accounts will be combined when we make the final transition to the new system.

What if I don't have my own email address?

To use the online permitting system, a unique email address is required. If you share an email address with your spouse for the permit account, you will need to create a new email address for each individual who requires an account. Account owners in the new permitting system should be 16 or older.

You can still purchase permits in person at any of our vendor locations. Big Game permits may be purchased at any Commission office.

What should I do if some of my personal information is missing or has changed?

If information is missing or you need to change your address, residency or identifying characteristics, login to your existing profile and make changes by editing “Your Profile.”

You cannot edit your name, date of birth or last 4 of your social security number. If there is an error on any of these fields, call our office at 402-471-0641.

My name has changed. How do I change my name on my profile?

Please mail or email a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree or other legal document, showing your full name before and after it has been changed.

Email to: ngpc.permitsystem@nebraska.gov or Mail to: NGPC, Attn: Permits, PO Box 30370, Lincoln NE 68503

When sending, please include a note stating that you want your name changed from _______to ________. Include your date of birth so we can access your profile.

What is an NGPC ID number and how do I find it?

You will be issued a NGPC ID in the new permit system. It is a unique number used to identify your account.

To locate your number, login to your profile. The number is in the upper left corner of the permit site next to your name. You also can find it printed on 2023 permits next to your name.

This number will be needed to add “Friends and Family” to your profile or add family members to your Landowner profile in the new system.

Can I buy a permit for another person?

Yes; you can buy one by adding them to your “Friends and Family” list using their NGPC ID number.

How do I find someone else’s NGPC ID number?

You must request the NGPC ID number from the person you’d like to add. They can find their ID number by logging into their account or by looking on their already-issued 2023 permit.

If I bought a permit for someone else and need to print it, where do I find it?

Under “View and Print Active Privileges” in your user profile, find the permit and click “FREE 24-Hour reprint” or “Reprint permit” button.

Does the system automatically mail the permit to the recipient?

Annual and Duplicate Park Entry permits bought online will be mailed to the person you are purchasing for or to yourself. The address can be added at the time of purchase. Hunt, Fish and Big Game permits can only be mailed to a separate individual if you email us at NGPC.permitsystem@nebraska.gov or call us at 402-471-0641.

Do I need a printer to purchase a permit online?

You may need access to a printer, either of your own or through a public location, such as a public library.

Some permits must be printed and carried on your person while hunting. They include:

  • Big Game Permits (deer, elk, antelope)
  • Temporary Permits

Others permits can be printed or accessed on our mobile permits system. They include:

  • Fishing Permits
  • Small Game Permits
  • Furbearer Permits
  • Turkey Permits (must cancel online after a turkey is harvested)

Screen shot photographs of these mobile permits or displaying them via the mobile permit site are both acceptable when Law Enforcement asks for them.

To print your PDF permit at its proper size, use Adobe Reader and alter printer settings as needed to print it correctly.

Troubleshooting tips

If you cannot print or get a blank page:

  • Open the PDF
  • Select Print
  • Verify the correct printer is selected
  • Select Advanced
  • Select Print as Image
  • Print the permit

For oversized or undersized printing:

  • Open the PDF
  • Select Print
  • Verify the correct printer is selected
  • Check Fit or custom size to resize the image
  • Print the permit

What do I do if I lose my printed permit?

You can get a copy of your permit online by logging into the permit system and selecting “Active Privileges.” Your active permits will be shown. There is a permit replacement fee of $8 to print your Big Game permit after 24 hours.

I forgot to print my Big Game permit within 24-hours. What do I?

When you purchase a Big Game permit, you are given 24 hours to print it. During that time, a 24-hour free reprint button is displayed next to the permit name in “My Profile.” If you have not printed your Big Game permit, please call our office at 402-471-0641 during business hours.

How do I change my current email address?

If you would like to change your current email address, select “Your Profile” on the left side of the your account’s home screen. Select edit “Account Information” and change your saved email address.

What type of payment is accepted for online permits?

  • We accept Visa, Discover and MasterCard debit and credit cards. Please contact the Licensing Division at 402-471-0641 if you are experiencing problems with your purchase.
  • If the temporary permit and receipt are not displayed after the transaction, please call Game and Parks to verify and confirm the sale.
  • If you have an email address in your account but did not receive an email confirming your online purchase, please contact Game and Parks.

What if my credit card gets declined?

  • Even if the credit card number is correct and a customer has enough money in the account, the credit card processor may sometimes decline a transaction request due to fraud protection, for example. It may also be due to network traffic problems between the Card Processor and the Card Issuer. If you experience issues with your credit card getting declined, check to see if all of your input information is correct and then try again. If you get the message saying your card is expired and it is not, check your system’s clock and adjust it if it is not correct. If the situation is due to network traffic problem, you may get through when you try it later. Otherwise report the problem to your Credit Card Issuer.

Regulatory FAQs

What are the residency requirements for Nebraska permits?

The following requirements must be met to qualify as a Nebraska resident:

  • Any individual who has lived in Nebraska continuously for 30 days before applying for a permit who intends to become a Nebraska resident. They must be prepared to provide documentation of residency (driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.) to an officer when in possession of a resident permit.
  • Residents in school in another state or stationed outside Nebraska as part of a military assignment that have maintained Nebraska as their state of legal residency.
  • Active-duty military personnel and full-time students stationed or attending school in Nebraska for a period of at least 30 days.

What if I don’t have a social security number or U.S. address?

If you do not have a SSN or US address, enter INTL in the Last 4 digits of SSN field when creating your profile.

Do I need to take a Hunter Education course before hunting in Nebraska?

  • Hunters ages 12-29 must carry proof of successful completion of a state approved firearm hunter education course while hunting with a firearm or air gun.
  • Hunters ages 12-29 must carry proof of successful completion of a state approved bow hunter education course while hunting deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow or crossbow.
  • Hunters ages 12-29 who have not completed firearm and/or bow hunter education may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate which will allow the individual to hunt with some restrictions.

Firearm and Bow Hunter Education classes are offered year-round and interested individuals are encouraged to enroll in classes as early as possible. Summer and fall classes fill up rapidly and there may not be available spaces for late season classes.

Individuals who have successfully completed hunter education training in other states need only show their out-of-state hunter education certificate.  Please note that an out-of-state permit is not the same as a hunter education certificate.

Do youth under the age of 16 need a fishing or hunting permit?

Fishing

Resident youth under the age of 16 do not need a fishing permit. Nonresident youth under the age of 16, when accompanied by a licensed fishing permit holder, do not require a fishing permit.

Hunting

Resident youth under the age of 16 do not need a hunting permit. However, youth hunters between the ages of 12 and 16, must complete a Hunter Education course.

Nonresident youth, regardless of age, must have a hunting permit.

Contact Us

For more information, call 402-471-0641 or email NGPC.permitsystem@nebraska.gov.