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Fishing Licenses

To legally fish in Minnesota, all residents of Minnesota, age 16 to 89, must have a current Minnesota fishing license unless an exemption applies (see ‘Who doesn’t need a fishing license?’). You must carry your license when traveling from an area where you were fishing. All non-residents need a license except those age 15 and younger do not need a license if a parent or guardian is licensed. 

Who doesn't need a fishing license?

  • Residents younger than 16
  • Residents 90 and older
  • Minnesota residents enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed outside the state, and home on leave (you must carry leave or furlough papers while fishing or transporting fish)
  • A Minnesota resident who has served in federal active service outside the U.S. during the preceding 24 months and is now discharged from overseas duty (you must carry discharge papers while fishing or transporting fish)
  • An in-patient of a U.S. Veterans Administration hospital

ID number required
Electronic License System (ELS) requires that Minnesota residents 21 years of age and older furnish a driver's license number, public safety identification number as proof of residency. Minnesota residents who do not have one of these identification numbers must obtain one before purchasing a hunting, fishing or other license from the MN Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR).

Minnesota Residents are

  • People who maintain a legal residence in Minnesota for at least 60 consecutive days prior to purchasing a license and if older than 21 must present a current Minnesota Driver’s License or ID card 
  • A person younger than 21 who is a child of a resident.
Non-residents: Non-residents include anyone who does not meet the definition of a resident.

Stamps and Licenses
The actual pictorial stamp is not required for waterfowl and pheasant hunting, trout and salmon fishing or for turkey hunting. Anglers or hunters are required to purchase the terminal-issued stamp endorsement. Pictorial stamp may be purchased for an additional $0.75.

See: 2015 Minnesota Fishing Regulations for more detailed information, age requirements and new regulations for 2015 . 

2015 Minnesota fishing Regulations

Minnesota State Parks Annual Permit

All vehicles entering a state park must display a valid Minnesota State Park vehicle permit which must be affixed to the lower right hand corner of the windshield. 

2015-2016 Minnesota State Parks Permit 

2015-2016 Minnesota State Parks Permit

Annual and day permits can be purchased at all state parks.

Funds from state park vehicle permits and fees are used to help manage park resources and facilities.

Watercraft Registration

Register your new watercraft:

  • In person at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles (where you license your car) or at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4026.

    If your new boat (except kayaks or canoes) is longer than 16', your dealer will apply for title and registration (license) on your behalf, and is responsible for providing you with license materials.

    When you register your boat for the first time, know its length, manufacturer, type of hull material (wood, metal, or plastic), type of propulsion, model, year, serial or hull identification number (HIN) and have a sales receipt that shows you have paid the sales tax.

    Length is the straight-line distance from the foremost part of the boat (bow) to the rearmost part of the boat (stern). Bowsprits, outboard motor brackets, rudders and other attachments are not included in the measurement.

    Boat registrations are good for 3 calendar years.

Renew your watercraft registration:

For more information view the DNR website at Watercraft licenses - registration procedures & fees.

Refer to the Minnesota Boating Guide 2015 

Minnesota Boating Guide 2015   

Wild Rice Dealer License

A person who buys wild rice within the state for resale to anyone except consumers, or sells wild rice imported from outside the state to anyone within the state except consumers must have a wild rice dealer's license issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Licenses issued to residents only. 

Licenses issued to corporations or individuals. 

Annual reports required.

Refer to Wild Rice Regulations.

Youth Camp Permit

See the lodging information on the MN Dept. of Health website, Environmental Health section at Lodging in Minnesota.

Youth camps are licensed by the MN Dept. of Health.

An inspection by one of the health inspectors of the establishment and approval from the inspector is necessary to permit the camp.

Information regarding the owner of the camp, director of the camp with appropriate addresses and telephone numbers is required.

Additional licenses may be required, review Food, Beverage and Lodging information at LicensingPlan Review and Public Swimming Pools.

A resort license will be required if the youth camp is also used for adults. 

Refer also to the MDH website, Environmental Health section at Lodging in Minnesota Youth Camps.


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