License Minnesota

Fishing Licenses

All residents of Minnesota, age 16 to 89, must have a current Minnesota fishing license unless an exemption applies. All non-residents need a license except those age 15 and younger do not need a license if a parent or guardian is licensed. Licenses are issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Agency contact information:

Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6157 | (888) 646-6367 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
Email
Contact Info: info.dnr@state.mn.us

Website:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Fish Minnesota

DNR License Agents:

Electronic License System (ELS)
ELS gives three options for buying licenses: Online, phone or in person.

ONLINE

PHONE:
Call (888) 665-4236 (1-MN-LICENse), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

IN PERSON:
License agent searches, by county, may be made on the MN Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) website at License Agents, then scroll down to Agents.

MAIL-IN applications:
Some licenses may be obtained by mail.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
License Center/Angling License
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155-4026


DNR Mobile Apps

Social Media Page

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.

Forms:

See requirements or refer to Fishing licenses.

Requirements:

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

Contact the MN Dept. of Natural Resources Information Center at (651) 296-6157
or (888) 646-6367 or refer to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
information Fish Minnesota.


Fee:

ANGLING LICENSES (Resident)
License year begins March 1 and ends last day of February unless otherwise noted. 

Note: Price does not include additional issuing fees charged.

Purchase online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense

Duplicate licenses and stamps can be purchased from any ELS agent for $2.50 each.


Code number refers to the license identification code.

YOUTH Resident Individual Age 16 & 17 

          CODE   LICENSE                                                            FEE
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           138    Youth age 16 & 17 Annual                                $5
                          
Individual Angling (exempt from trout/salmon
                          stamp and spearing license)


ADULT Resident Individual
Age 18 and over and under 90

            111     Annual                                                                 $22 
                         Individual (age 18 and over and under 90)
________________________________________

            110    24-Hour                                                             $10   
                         Individual Angling (no trout stamp required)
                        Consecutive 24-hours.
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           140    72-Hour                                                             $12
                         Individual Angling (no trout stamp required)
                        Consecutive 72-hours. 
________________________________________

           141    3-Year                                                               $63* 
                         Individual Angling Consecutive 3-years.
________________________________________

           105    1/2 Bag Limit Conservation                             $15 
                         Individual Angling 1/2 Bag Limits 
________________________________________

          216    Sports                                                                $38 
                          Individual Angling and Small Game
                         ($31.50 plus $6.50 surcharge “paid by
                         hunters for the acquisition and development
                         of wildlife lands”)

          142     Super Sports                                                     $93**
                         Individual Angling including Trout/Salmon Stamp, 
                        Small Game Including Pheasant and State Waterfowl 
                        Stamps, a Deer Tag (archery, firearms or muzzleloader) 
                        ($86.50 plus $6.50 surcharge “paid by hunters for the 
                        acquisition and development of wildlife lands”) 

Additional Options  

            134  Walleye Stamp                                                    $5 

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            135   Walleye Pictorial Stamp Mailed                         $5.75 
________________________________________

            128    Trout & Salmon Stamp                                    $10 
                          Individual Trout and Salmon Validation
                          (required for designated trout waters, 
                          Lake Superior and to harvest trout) 
________________________________________

            129    Trout Pictorial Stamp Mailed                            $10.75  
________________________________________

            130    Sturgeon Tag                                                      $5  
                            Required to Harvest a Sturgeon
________________________________________

            113    Spearing Annual                                                  $5 
                       Individual Dark House (angling license required) 
                       Age 18 and over 89-No Spearing License is Required 
________________________________________

            119    House or Shelter Annual                                   $15 
                         Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                        Unattended Overnight*  
________________________________________

            131   House or Shelter 3-Year                                  $42 
                         Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                        Unattended Overnight* 
________________________________________

            120    House or Shelter Rented Annual                      $30   
                        Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                        Unattended Overnight*
________________________________________

            132    House or Shelter Rented 3-Year                      $87   

                        Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                       Unattended Overnight*  
________________________________________

            115     Netting                                                                 $10 
                         Whitefish and Cisco  
           

MARRIED Resident Married Couple
           (Marriage must be legal as recognized by Minnesota Law)

            112    Combination Annual                                          $35
                           Married Couple Angling

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            106   1/2 Bag Limit Conservation Combination        $23 
                           Married couple Angling 1/2 Bag Limits 
________________________________________

            217    Combination Sports                                           $52 
                            Individual Angling and Small Game
                           ($45.50 plus $6.50 surcharge “paid by
                           hunters for the acquisition and development
                           of wildlife lands”)
________________________________________

           143     Combination Super Sports                               $117**
                           (Married Couple as recognized by MN law)      
                           Combination Angling including 2 Trout/Salmon 
                           Stamps, Individual Small Game including Pheasant 
                           and State Waterfowl Stamps, an Individual Deer Tag 
                           (archery, firearms or muzzleloader) 
                           ($110.50 plus $6.50 surcharge “paid by hunters 
                           for the acquisition and development of wildlife lands”) 

LIFETIME Resident Individual   

           Application forms are available online or through the DNR
           Information Center

            411    Lifetime Angling   

                     Renewal                                                                Free
_________________________________________

                     age 3 and under                                                 $304 
____________________________________

                     age 4 to age 15                                                  $415   
____________________________________

                     age 16 to age 50                                                $508
____________________________________

                     age 51 and over                                                 $335 

            407     Lifetime Angling and Spearing

                     Renewal                                                                Free      
_______________________________________________

                     age 3 and under                                                 $380 
________________________________________

                     age 4 to age 15                                                   $509  
________________________________________

                     age 16 to age 50                                                 $596   
_______________________________ _________

                     age 51 and over                                                  $386 

            413    Lifetime Sports 

                     One Sports Renewal                                            Free
____________________ _________________

                     age 3 and under                                                  $485  
________________________________________

                     age 4 to age 15                                                   $659  
________________________________________

                     age 16 to age 50                                                 $861  
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                     age 51 and over                                                  $560  


* License valid March 1 to April 30 of the following year (or 3 year period)

** Of this price, credits go to: $0.50 wolf management; $1.00 deer/bear management account; $0.50

emergency feeding and wild cervidae-deer health management; and $2.00 deer management


ANGLING LICENSES (Nonresident)  

License year begins March 1 and ends last day of February 28 unless otherwise noted. 

Note: Price does not include additional issuing fees charged.                                                                        

Purchase online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense

Duplicate licenses and stamps can be purchased from any ELS agent for $2.50 each.

 

Code number refers to the license identification code.

YOUTH Nonresident Individual Age 16 & 17

         CODE    LICENSE                                                                FEE
________________________________________

          205    Youth age 16 & 17 Annual                                      $5 
                       Youth Individual Angling (exempt from
                       trout/salmon stamp and spearing license) 

ADULT Nonresident Individual Age 18 & over

           121     Annual                                                                    $45 
                          Individual Angling ($40 plus $5 surcharge) 

________________________________________

           139     24-Hour                                                                 $12      
                        Individual Angling (no Trout Stamp required)
                        Consecutive 24-hour
________________________________________

           127     3-Day                                                                     $32
                         Individual Angling (no Trout Stamp required)
                         Consecutive 72-hour 
________________________________________

           126   7-Day                                                                     $38 
                         Individual Angling Consecutive 7-Day.
                         ($33 plus $5 surcharge)


Nonresident Additional Options

            134     Walleye Stamp                                                       $5 
________________________________

            135    Walleye Pictorial Stamp Mailed                             $5.75   
________________________________

            128    Trout & Salmon Stamp                                        $10 
                          Individual Trout and Salmon Validation 
________________________________

            129    Trout Pictorial Stamp Mailed                               $10.75 
________________________________

            130    Sturgeon Tag                                                          $5
                         Required to Harvest a Sturgeon
_________________________________

            118    Spearing Annual age 18 and over                      $15 
                         Individual Dark House (angling license required)
                         ($10 plus $5 surcharge)  
_________________________________

            116     House or Shelter Annual                                   $37 
                          Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                         Unattended Overnight.
                         (License year March 1 - April 30 of following year)
_________________________________

            117   House or Shelter 7-Day                                      $21  
                          Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                         Unattended Overnight. 
                         March 1, 2013 - April 30, 2016 
_________________________________

             133    House or Shelter 3-Year                                 $111 
                          Fish House, Dark House, or Shelter if Left
                         Unattended Overnight. 
                        

MARRIED Nonresident Married Couple
                      (Marriage must be legal as recognized by Minnesota Law)

            124    Combination Annual Family                              $60 
                          One or both parents and dependent children
                         under age 16 ($55 plus $5 surcharge)
_______________________________

            125    Combination 14-Day                                         $48 
                         Married Couple Consecutive 14-Day Angling
                         ($43 plus $5 surcharge)

LIFETIME Nonresident Individual  

           Application forms are available online or through the
           DNR Information Center

         415    Lifetime Angling

Free 
_______________________________

                     age 3 and under                                             $726 
________________________________________

                     age 4 to age 15                                              $925 
________________________________________

                     age 16 to age 50                                         $1,054  
________________________________________

                     age 51 and over                                             $702


Exempt from License Requirement

•Minnesota residents in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed outside the state and

•In-patients of a U.S. Veterans Administration hospital, residents of a Minnesota licensed
nursing or boarding care home, and residents of a licensed board and lodging facility
with written consent from the institution.

•Residents who have served in federal active service outside the U.S. during the preceding
24 months and are now discharged from overseas duty. (Discharge papers must be in
possession while fishing or transporting fish.)

•A resident may take fish by angling (in open water) without an angling license when
shore fishing or wading on state-owned land within a state park. When angling from a
boat or float or on the ice, this exemption applies only to those water bodies completely
encompassed within the statutory boundary of the state park. The exemption from an
angling license does not apply to waters where a trout stamp is required.

•Residents 90 years and older in age.

•Residents under age 16 may net cisco (tullibee) and whitefish for personal use.

Residents receiving disability benefits under the Federal Railroad Retirement Act or U.S.
Postal Service. Person must carry proof of disability retirement benefits.

Licenses Issued without a Fee (agents charge an issuing fee)

•Permanent angling license will be issued to any Minnesota resident over age 16 who is
developmentally disabled or a veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability.
Available only from the DNR License Center.

•Annual angling and/or spearing license may be issued to Minnesota residents who
are legally blind, receiving SSI or SSDI, receiving worker’s compensation for total and
permanent disability, a ward of the Commissioner of Human Services, or a resident of
a state institution that has an approved application. SSI or SSDI benefit verification is
available online at www.socialsecurity.gov, by calling 1-800-772-1213 or at your local
Social Security office. Must have current letter from Social Security stating disability or
SSI benefits.

•Foreign exchange students may receive a free annual angling license with proof of their
foreign exchange student status. An unlicensed person may assist a disabled angler who
has a disability license, provided that only the number of lawful lines are in use.

Period of Issuance:

Angling licenses are valid from March 1 through February 28 of the following year.

Length of Determination Process:

Immediate for most licenses.

Other Pertinent Information: