How to Become a Fishing Guide in Colorado

Fishing in Colorado

In Colorado, fishing guides must get an Outfitters license for both fishing and hunting. A “guide” is defined as any individual who accompanies an outfitter’s client while hunting or fishing. An “outfitter” is somebody who provides outfitting services, taking out clients fishing or hunting on land they do not own. Guides may register as either an Outfitter Business or Individual Outfitter.

Requirements for Outfitter Registration

  • Provide information regarding the outfitter’s business
  • Provide refund policy of outfitters
  • Name of surety bond company
  • A statement indicating that proof of bond and insurance is available upon request
  • A statement indicating that outfitters are regulated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)


The application fees for Outfitter Registration is $200. All Colorado Outfitters registrations expire on March 31. The fee to reinstate expired Business Outfitter registrations is $131.

Application Submission

PDF Business Outfitter – Original Registration

PDF Business Outfitter – Update to an Existing Registration

PDF Business Outfitter – Reinstate Expired Registration

(online form) Individual Outfitter – Original Registration

To apply online for Individual Outfitters registration, go to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Web site. Create a an account on the Web site, and fill out an application.

To apply for a Business Outfitters registration, download the application form, print and fill it out, then mail to the department.

Division of Professions and Occupations
Office of Licensing-Outfitters
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-7800
Fax (303) 894-7693

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies prefers to communicate by email. Provide your email address on your application to get updates on your application status and process. Fees are paid by check or money order drawn in U.S. dollars and made payable to State of Colorado.


Office of Outfitters Registration
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver CO 80202
Fax: 303-894-2310

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