Surrendered permits and refunds

Surrendered permits

What happens if you obtain a permit and then realize you won't be able to hunt? Make sure you surrender the permit to the DWR as soon as possible.

If you surrender a permit no later than 30 days before the start of the season, you'll get all of your previously accrued bonus or preference points for that species/permit back, but you will not earn a point for the current year.

Important:

If you surrender a permit less than 30 days before the hunt opening date, you will lose all previously acquired bonus/preference points for that species, and you will not accrue a point for the current year.

Any applicable waiting period will be waived as long as you surrender the permit before the hunt opening date.

Surrender form and rule

To surrender a permit, please download, complete and send the following permit surrender form to the DWR, along with the original permit.

Group surrenders

If you obtain a permit as part of a group, all group members must surrender their permits no later than 30 days before the hunt opening date in order to have their previously acquired bonus/preference points reinstated. They will not accrue points for the current year.

Important: If any member of the group surrenders their permit less than 30 days before the hunt date, then all group members will lose their bonus/preference points for that species/permit.

Any applicable waiting period will be waived so long as the permit is surrendered before the hunt opening date.

Surrender form and rule

To surrender a permit, please download, complete and send the following permit surrender form to the DWR, along with the original permit.

Surrender for illness/injury

If you are surrendering a permit for medical reasons, you must provide verification of illness or injury from a physician, and it must be on the physician's office letterhead.

The physician's statement must include all of the following information:

  • The nature and date of the illness/injury
  • Why the illness/injury prevents you from hunting
  • The last date the physician treated you
  • The patient's name and date of birth
  • The physician's signature and the date of signing

If you are also seeking a refund for the permit you cannot use due illness/injury, please see the Refunds section below and complete the refund application form as well as the permit surrender form.

Refunds

The DWR does not usually issue refunds for permits, licenses or certificates of registration (CORs). There are exceptions, however, and refunds can occur under certain circumstances.

You may apply for a refund if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • The person holding the permit, license or COR becomes so ill or injured as to prevent that person from participating in the activity for which the document was issued.
  • The DWR canceled the activity for which the permit, license or COR was issued.
  • The DWR has erroneously collected a fee.
  • A member of the military was called to active duty before the permit, license or COR was used.
  • The person to whom the permit, license or COR was issued dies before the authorized activity.
  • The permit is a once-in-a-lifetime or limited-entry permit that was surrendered to the DWR at least 30 days before the season opening date. (To surrender one of these permits and request a refund, use the permit surrender form.) This type of refund is subject to a $25 handling fee. If the fee is higher than the cost of your permit, you will not receive a refund.
Refund request form and rule

Important: Before applying for a refund, please read the applicable DWR administrative rule (scroll to the refund section) and Utah law for complete information and to determine if you qualify.

After you read the criteria required for a refund, please download, complete and send the following refund-application form to the DWR.

Note: If the DWR approves your refund request, it may be four to six weeks before you receive the refund.

Variances

Even if you qualify for a refund, you may also qualify for a variance, which may be a better option for some hunters. Variances can include a season extension or the reinstatement of a bonus point or preference point.

Important: Before applying for a variance, please read the applicable DWR administrative rule for complete information and to determine if you qualify.

After you read the criteria required for a variance, please download, complete and send the following variance-application form and receipt to the DWR:

Contact us

Mail your completed forms and any required associated documents to the following address, or drop them off at any DWR administrative office.

  • Division of Wildlife Resources
    Attn: Licensing
    PO Box 146301
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114

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