Exemptions and fishing licenses issued without a fee

  • Permanent angling license issued to any Minnesota resident over age 16 who is developmentally disabled or a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability. Available only from the DNR License Center.
  • Annual angling and/or spearing license may be issued to Minnesota residents who are
    • Blind
    • Disabled and receiving a supplemental income (SSI, SSD, SSDI)
    • Receiving worker's compensation for total and permanent disability
    • A foreign exchange student attending school in Minnesota.
    • Ward of the Commissioner of Human Services
    • A resident of a state institution that has an approved application

To get SSI or SSD benefit verification, call 1-800-772-1213, visit the following Web site www.socialsecurity.gov or visit your local Social Security office.

  • Foreign exchange students may receive a free annual angling license with proof of foreign exchange student status.
  • Annual free angling licenses are available at any ELS agent location.

Exempt from License Requirement

  • Minnesota residents in the U.S. Military who are stationed outside the state. Military staff must carry leave or furlough papers. Read more about other exemptions such as lotteries, licenses and State Park vehicle permits.
  • Patients of a state hospital or U.S. Veterans Administration hospital, inmates of a state correctional facility, residents of a Minnesota licensed nursing or boarding care home, and residents of a licensed board and lodging facility.
  • Persons who are enrolled in and regularly participate in an adult day care program of a Minnesota licensed nursing or boarding care home.
  • Ward of the Commissioner of Human Services
  • A resident of a state institution that has an approved application
  • Residents of a drug or alcohol residential treatment program who are under the age of 20.
  • Persons must carry written consent from the superintendent or chief executive of the institution. Special license applications page.
  • Residents who receive aid under the federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974, United States Code, title 45, section 231a(a)(1)(v) or receive U.S. Postal Service disability pay under U.S. Code Title 5, section 8337. Railroad and Postal Service exemptions must carry evidence of disability retirement.

An unlicensed person may assist a disabled angler who has a disability license, provided that only the number of lawful lines are in use.