How to Become a Fishing Guide in New York

The licensing of outdoor guides in the state of New York is administered by the New York State Forest Rangers. The Environmental Conservation Law Section 11-0533.8 requires the Department to publish a list of guides.

Fishing at Owasco Lake New York


  • Make an application and pass an examination
  • The application includes a taxable income disclosure form and examination location sheet
  • Requires a Physician's Statement of Physical Ability to Guide
  • Guides must hold current certifications in First Aid, CPR, and Water Safety
  • Applicants must submit a copy of a current fishing sporting license
  • Licenses are valid for a period of five years from date of issue. Approximately two months before a license is due to expire a renewal application package will be mailed to the license holder.
  • Enroll in the Licensed Guide Program or Licensed Guide Equivalent Courses that will provide the equivalent first aid, CPR and water safety certifications.


The license renewal fee is the same as the original license: $100 for one category; $20 for each additional category.

Application Submission

PDF New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Guide Application

Mail your completed application to:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Attn: Colleen Kayser, Guide License Unit
625 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY  12233-2560


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Forest Protection
625 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY  12233-2560
(518) 402-8840

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