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Title: Minnow Dealer License
Alternate Title:
Description: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Subject: Bait
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:15:06 PM
Modification Date: 7/23/2019 10:40:38 AM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: 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.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Division Name: License Center
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-355-0147
Division Fax: Division URL:
Division Address:
Please complete the following information as a part of your license application request and an application and rules will be mailed:
-Specify what application type being requested | Include your: -Name (First, Middle, Last) -Mailing address -Phone Number

Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

A minnow dealer license allows for the taking, possessing, buying, and selling of minnows from public waters that can be legally accessed. Leeches are considered and defined as minnows. A minnow dealer can sell minnows at one retail outlet under their minnow dealer license, but must obtain a  minnow retailer license for each additional retail outlet where minnows are sold at retail. An aquatic farm or private fish hatchery licensee that purchases a minnow dealer endorsement and chooses to sell minnows at retail must list the address of one minnow retail outlet on their license. 

Vehicles used to transport more than 12 dozen minnows must be licensed as  minnow dealer vehicles

An Exporting Minnow Dealer License is required to export minnows out of the state.

Annual report required.

License issued to individuals only.

More information is available at Minnow Dealer License

License Renewal Information

License renewal packets will be mailed out to all current exporting minnow dealer licensees in January. You can renew your license by completing and returning the enclosed license application.

Any person over 16 assisting the minnow dealer must have a Minnesota angling license.

Statutes: 97C.501


Application for Minnow Dealer's License, #702 or

Application for Aquaculture License, #726

 permit applications:  

Bait Preservation Permit 

Permit to harvest minnows in designated infested waters 

Contact Ron Kullmann to request a license application.


Minnow Dealer License - $310  

Minnow Dealer Vehicle License (one vehicle license is required) - $15/vehicle  

Fish Health Inspections (when applicable) - variable

Period of Issuance:

Annual (March - March)

Length of Determination: One to three weeks.
Other Info:
Activity: Bait
License Detail URL:

Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of

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