New DNR license-buying system goes online Feb. 18
Minnesotans who buy their hunting, fishing and other DNR
licenses at retail outlets will soon do so via a new electronic
Effective Feb. 18, DNR retail license sales will be available on
new touch-screen terminals that allow sales clerks to be more
efficient when inputting data and outputting licenses.
“Hunters, anglers and trappers alone account for about 3.3
million license transactions a year,” said Steve Michaels, DNR
License Center manager. “We are moving to new terminals to stay in
step with advances in technology, data management, and customer
The DNR switched from hand-written licenses to
electronic-generated licenses in 2000. This is the first major
change in license sales and management equipment in 10 years.
In addition to the new terminals, the DNR wants license buyers
• Later this year the transaction fee for resident licenses that
do not require a registration tag and are purchased from the DNR’s
Web site will drop from $3.50 to 3 percent of the cost of the
license, plus a $1 agent fee. The transaction fee for a resident
annual fishing license, for example, will be only 54 cents. That’s
likely less than it would cost to drive to a license vendor.
• DNR licenses will continue to be available 24 hours a day by
simply placing a toll-free call to 888-665-4236.
• Possessing a Minnesota driver’s license or State of Minnesota
identification card will be mandatory for adults age 21 or older to
purchase a resident license. The only exception relates the
Religious Freedom Act.
“Years ago we made license sales available by computer and
phone,” said Michaels. “Now we’ve reduced the fees for these
transactions. Our strategy is to adapt to what the customer wants –
and that’s to have low-cost and convenient options.”
The DNR does intend to reduce the number of terminals it
distributes to license vendors from about 1,750 to 1,600. This
reduction will generate about $1 million in savings over five
years. The DNR will maintain an efficient distribution of terminals
throughout the state.