For additional information,
please contact

Dolores Noyes
FAX: 360-902-2392


How to Apply

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  1. To apply for disability status your physician will need to complete the Hunter / Fisher Disability Status Application. Return it to our main office at:

    WDFW, Licensing Division
    PO Box 43154
    Olympia, WA 98504

    Or you can fax the application to (360) 902-2466.

  2. Please allow 2 weeks for processing, if you do not receive a notice on your application after 2 weeks please contact our office at (360) 902-2464,  TDD (360) 902-2207.

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Eligibility Requirements for Disability Status

The Washington State Legislature, and/or the Fish and Wildlife Commission established eligibility requirements stated below. Receiving a disability award or rating from the Social Security Administration or any other federal, state, and/or county entity does not automatically make one eligible for an accommodation issued by WDFW. Temporary and/or short- term disabilities are not permitted.

To qualify for disability status with WDFW you must have a permanent disability which meets one of the following:

WAC 232-12-828 Hunting of game birds and animals by persons with a disability.

(h) “Person with a disability” means:

(i) A person who has a permanent disability and is not ambulatory over natural terrain without a lower extremity prosthesis or must permanently use a medically prescribed assistive device for mobility, including, but not limited to, a wheelchair, crutch, cane, walker, or oxygen bottle; or

(ii) A person who has a permanent disability and is physically incapable of holding and safely operating a firearm or other legal hunting device.

This definition includes, but is not limited to, persons with a permanent upper or lower extremity impairment who have lost the use of one or both upper or lower extremities, or who have a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes with mobility or the use of one or both upper or lower extremities for holding and safely operating a firearm or other legal device; or

(iii) A person who is blind or visually impaired.

WAC 220-55-065 Fishing for shellfish, freshwater fish or saltwater fish by a person of disability.

(d) “Person of disability” means:

(i) A permanently disabled person who is not ambulatory over natural terrain without a prosthesis or assistive device; or

(ii) A permanently disabled person who is unable to hold or use any legal fishing or shell fishing device; or

(iii) A person who is totally blind or visually impaired.

RCW 71A.10.020 "Developmental Disability" means:

(4) A cognitive intellectual disability such as: cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological or other condition of an individual found by the secretary to be closely related to an intellectual disability or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which originates before the individual attains age eighteen, which has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and which constitutes a substantial limitation to the individual.

NOT included: Bi-polar, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis.


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This Agency receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides equal access to its programs, services, activities, and facilities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.

The Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibits discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical disability, reprisal, sexual orientation, status as a parent, and genetic information. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or service, please contact the WDFW ADA Program Manager, PO Box 43139, Olympia, WA 98504 within 45 calendar days of the alleged incident before filing a formal complaint, or write to:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Civil Rights Coordinator, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020, Arlington, VA 22203

If you need further ADA assistance, please contact the Olympia office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at: (360) 902-2349, or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), (360) 902-2207 for more information.