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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, May 2, 2003

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 Resources.

"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 manager.

"Next to the deer opener, the fishing opener brings in the DNR's biggest annual last-minute crowd of license shoppers," Keefe noted.

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 price.


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