Your Colorado hunting license must accurately reflect your personal information, including place of residency. Colorado Revised Statutes states that “[a]ny person who makes a false statement or provides false information in connection with applying for or purchasing a license, or any license agent who knowingly uses or accepts false information in connection with selling or issuing a license, is guilty of a misdemeanor.” This regulation applies to all information given to a license agent when purchasing your license. If you do not know whether you qualify as a resident, you should find out if you qualify prior to telling a license agent that you are in fact a resident (Click Here to read about the qualifications for Colorado residents). If you do not live at the address that was previously on your license, it is your responsibility to correct the information as given.
Providing false information in obtaining a license is punishable by a set parameter of fines. For big game licenses, such as elk, deer, pronghorn, or moose, “a fine that is equal to twice the cost of the most expensive license for such species and an assessment of fifteen license suspension points shall be assessed.” For any license that is not a big game license, such as a small game permit or fishing license, “a fine that is equal to twice the cost of the most expensive license for such species and ten license suspension points shall be assessed.” Additionally, each license obtained with false information is void and any animals taken with that license are unlawfully possessed, which could mean further fines, charges, and license suspension points.
If you find yourself in possession of a license that has false or wrong information, you must correct it prior to hunting, fishing, or otherwise using the benefits of the license. Failing to do so can mean big fines down the road. If you are accused of providing false information to a license agent and receive Colorado Hunting License Violations, it is imperative that you speak to an attorney prior to deciding whether to pay the fines and plead guilty, or to fight the charges in court. Colorado Hunting Violation Attorney Nathaniel Gilbert helps hunters, fishermen, and outdoorsmen with hunting and fishing violations received from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Consulting with Nathaniel can help you pick your best option, present any defenses, and get peace of mind that you did all that you could when faced with the severe penalties that licensing violations carry.