Apply for a hunting license

Would you like to go hunting? Then you must carry a hunting license with you, which you can apply for after passing the hunter's examination.

If you want to hunt, you must carry a hunting license in your name. You can apply for this after successful completion of the hunter's examination. The hunting license is valid for a limited period of time and can then be extended. It is valid throughout Germany.

For persons who are in possession of a foreign hunting license and want to hunt in Germany, special regulations apply depending on the situation of the individual case.

Documents required for the issuance (or renewal) of a hunting licence:

  • Certificate of passing the hunter's examination in the original (upon first application), or
  • previously released hunting license or,
  • Certificate from a lower hunting authority that the applicant has already been issued with a hunting licence,
  • Photograph (only for the first exhibition and new exhibition) 
  • Proof of passing an examination with the examination subject "Hunting" in the course of a prescribed training for the forestry service or proof of a passed area hunter examination,
  • Proof of the existence of the statutory hunting liability insurance with the prescribed coverage amounts (five hundred thousand euros for personal injury and fifty thousand euros for property damage)

The hunting authority also requests unlimited information from the Federal Central Register. Certain entries according to a strictly applied standard prohibit the issuance of the hunting license or cause its immediate withdrawal.


  • Minimum age: 16 years
  • Proof of the required expertise  through the hunter's examination
  • Proof of hunting liability insurance
  • Reliability and personal aptitude for carrying a weapon

Note: If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you can apply for a youth hunting license. With this you may only hunt in the company of a parent or guardian commissioned in writing by the parent or guardian. The accompanying person must be experienced in hunting.

The youth hunting license does not entitle you to participate in company hunts.


The valid hunting license alone does not entitle you to hunt. In addition, a private law permit for hunting in a hunting district is required. These are obtained, for example, by the lease of a hunting district, by the issuance of a hunting permit or by the hunting invitation of a person authorized to hunt.

Further information on the hunting license can be found here:

  • Information about the hunting license (special) on wald-rlp
  • Information on hunting regulations (general) on wald-rlp

Related Links

  • Federal Hunting Act
  • State Hunting Act
  • State Hunting Ordinance
  • State Ordinance on the Fees of the Hunting Administration (Special List of Fees)

The first issue of a hunting licence is generally dependent on the applicant having passed a hunter's examination in Germany. The hunter's examination consists of a written as well as oral-practical part and a shooting test.

The hunter's examination is carried out by the lower hunting authority in whose territory the applicant has his habitual residence. It may also be carried out by the lower hunting authority in whose territory the applicant has completed the hunting training.

The theoretical and practical training to prepare for the hunter's examination (hunting training) is carried out according to a framework plan of the highest hunting authority (responsible ministry) in a recognized training course:

  1. at an association of hunters or at a hunting school, or
  2. of at least six months with a mentor.

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