Minnesota fishing and hunting licenses go mobile
Forgot to buy your license? Then connect to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mobile licensing page to purchase select fishing and hunting licenses via your smartphone.
"This service is a convenience for people who need a license when they're on the go," said Steve Michaels, DNR license program director. "Not every type of license is offered but the mobile purchase site is ideal for people who have yet to purchase a fishing, small game or state stamp validation and suddenly discover that they need one."
Customers who purchase off the mobile site won't receive a conventional paper license. Instead, they'll receive a text message or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.
More than 1,100 sales of electronic licenses have been logged since the mobile site's soft launch in late June.
"The site isn't, as yet, full service," Michaels said. "There are features and products in the works. Even so, mobile license purchasing is a convenience DNR has not offered before and the sales numbers show our customers are responding."
License types available for purchase on the mobile site include short-term angling, individual angling, resident combination angling, resident individual sports, resident combination sports, small game and state stamp validations. Any license that requires a site tag such as deer or turkey is not available for mobile purchase.
Once a customer purchases and receives mobile license information by text, email or both, he or she must be able to provide the email or text information to a DNR enforcement officer upon request as proof of a valid license.
Mobile device users will automatically be identified when visiting the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and selecting the "Purchase" button at the bottom of the page.
Minnesota residents 21 and older who never have purchased a hunting or fishing license can't purchase a license electronically. They should initially purchase from a license agent or call DNR at 888-646-6367 and provide their driver's license number so electronic purchasing can be enabled.
The mobile site is for purchasing only. It is not a mobile version of the complete DNR website.
All licensing information such as seasons, dates, times, eligibility or restrictions should be reviewed before a mobile purchase is completed.
Similar to the licenses purchased via the DNR website or by phone, a 3 percent convenience fee will be added to the customer's order total.
License dollars are the fiscal foundation of fish and wildlife management in Minnesota. License revenue is dedicated to managing 5,400 fishing lakes, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, 1,400 wildlife management areas and more than 150 field conservation officers. Buying a license means lakes are stocked and managed, fish and game laws are enforced and conservation efforts happen on the ground.