DNR Urges Anglers to
Buy Fishing Licenses Now
Anglers should buy their fishing licenses now
before the rush begins in anticipation of the
walleye opener May 10. That's the advice from
Tom Keefe of the Minnesota Department of Natural
"Buying fishing licenses now will help
anglers avoid long lines at sales counters on
opening weekend, when they would rather be
fishing than waiting," said Keefe, the
DNR's Electronic Licensing System (ELS) project
"Next to the deer opener, the fishing
opener brings in the DNR's biggest annual
last-minute crowd of license shoppers,"
Residents need a valid Minnesota driver's
license, public safety identification number, or
DNR firearms safety training number as proof of
residency. With few exceptions, individuals who
have not been issued one of these identifiers
will need to obtain one before purchasing a
hunting or fishing license. Non-residents should
bring along their Minnesota fishing license from
last year to speed up the license sale.
While the current distribution of agents around
the state should provide plenty of available
locations for purchasing licenses, ELS provides
a phone alternative for individuals who prefer
to shop by phone. Minnesota hunting and fishing
licenses may be purchased nationwide via credit
card by dialing 1-888-665-4236 at any time of
the day or night, seven days a week. The
toll-free call provides immediate licensing by
way of a temporary authorization number that
will be issued at the time of the call. The
license identification number is valid until the
customer receives an actual license in the mail.
There is a $3.50 service fee per call,
regardless of the number of licenses purchased
during the call.
Another option is to buy licenses online.
A $3.50 service fee will be added to the license