Minnesota resident lifetime licenses

Lifetime license are available for certain hunting and fishing activities and must initially be applied for through the DNR. You may purchase a lifetime license yourself or as a gift for someone else.

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Fees

Age Group Fishing Small
Game
Sports Firearms
deer
Archery
deer
Spearing
only
Spearing/
Angling
Sports/
Spearing
3 and under $304 $223 $528 $406 $406 $258 $380 $615
4 to 15 $415 $301 $728 $538 $538 $320 $509 $800
16 to 50 $508 $430 $861 $656 $656 $372 $617 $985
51 and over $335 $274 $602 $468 $468 $173 $386 $586

Processing time

Allow three (3)weeks for processing of lifetime license applications.

Payment methods

Pay with cash, check, credit card or money order.

Lifetime license approval

Lifetime License applications are subject to review for applicant's eligibility to purchase a game and fish license.

Annual authorization of lifetime license (renewing your license)

A lifetime license holder who is required by law to have a game and fish license, must authorize their participation by obtaining an annual license each year the lifetime license is used. These annual licenses are issued at no fee. Annual authorization (renewal) of participation by the license holder will allow for distribution of the current regulation booklets, accurate counts of active licensees each year, and currently updated records on licensees.

Three ways to annually authorize (renew/activate) your lifetime license

Online licensing

Renew / activate your licenses online.

Phone

You can purchase licenses by phone: 1-888-665-4236 (1-MN-LICENse). Call any time of day or night, seven days a week. This toll-free call provides immediate licensing by way of a license identification number, which will be issued at the time of the call. The license identification number is valid until you receive an actual license in the mail. All purchases must be made by credit card. There is $3.50 convenience fee per call.

In person

Go to any DNR license agent to obtain your annual authorization (renewal) in person. There is no additional charge to renew in person.

Residency requirements

A resident lifetime angling license, a lifetime small game hunting license, a lifetime firearms deer license, or a lifetime sporting license may be issued to a person who is a resident of the state for at least one year or who is under age 21 and the child of a person who is a resident of the state for at least one year prior to this application.

Duplicate

Duplicate lifetime licenses are available via any of the above purchasing methods.

Refund

The license fees paid for a lifetime license are nonrefundable.

Transfers

Lifetime licenses are not transferable between persons or from one type of lifetime license to another.

Minnesota driver's license, Minnesota public safety identification number, or Minnesota firearm safety number

Licensees, or in the case of a child under 21 the parent, are required to provide one of these numbers when applying for a resident lifetime license.

Firearms safety certificate

A person born on or after January 1, 1980, may not obtain an annual license to take wild animals by firearms unless the person has a firearms safety certificate or equivalent certificate, or other evidence indicating that the person has completed in this state or in another state a hunter safety course recognized by the department under a reciprocity agreement. For more information, please call 651-296-6157 or toll free at 1-888-646-6367.

Resident lifetime license is valid even if the licensee moves out of state

A lifetime license remains valid even if the license holder moves out of Minnesota. The licensee will still need to obtain an annual license to hunt or fish in Minnesota. However once you become a Nonresident you are only eligible for the specific lifetime license you had purchase as a resident. You are not eligible for any other resident license or resident opportunities.

Stamps

Lifetime license holders must purchase any stamps necessary to perform their license activity. State stamps or stamp validations may be purchased at the DNR License Center in St. Paul, at any license agent, or by telephone.

Lifetime licenses are issued to individuals only

An individual licensee may have more than one type of lifetime license, however, the licenses are for individuals only, there are no combination lifetime licenses.

Validity

Lifetime licenses are valid during the lawful time within the license year that the licensed activity may be performed. The licenses remain valid for the lifetime of the licensee.

Validity and issuance of licenses after conviction

Minnesota Statutes 97A.421 relating to violation of game and fish laws outlines licensing procedures after convictions. Please contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 for more information if you have any questions.

Lifetime fish and wildlife trust fund

The lifetime fish and wildlife trust fund is established as a fund in the state treasury. All money received from the issuance of lifetime fishing, small game hunting, firearm deer hunting, and sporting licenses and earnings on the fund shall be credited to the lifetime fish and wildlife trust fund.