Lifetime license are available for certain hunting and fishing activities and must initially be applied for through the DNR License Center. You may purchase a lifetime license yourself or as a gift for someone else.
age 3 and under
4 to age 15
16 to age 50
51 and over
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Fees are based on the age of the licensee as of the date the application is received. An application must be received at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul, MN 55155-4026 no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline or, if mailed, an application must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. Please plan accordingly to ensure a licensee’s age matches the fee category when received by the DNR.
Allow three (3) weeks for processing of lifetime license applications.
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.
The license fees paid for a lifetime license are nonrefundable.
Lifetime licenses are not transferable between persons or from one type of lifetime license to another.
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.
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, except a convenience fee will be added to licenses obtained by telephone or internet. 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
Renew / activate your licenses online (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/online-sales.html)
*Licenses that require a tag or sticker can be renewed online, but you must wait for them to arrive in the mail, in 5 to 10 business days, before participating in the licensed activity.
You can purchase licenses by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-665-4236. For licenses that do not require a tag, this toll-free call provides immediate licensing by issuing a license identification number. The license identification number is valid until you receive an actual license in the mail. Licenses that require a tag will be mailed to the licensee and may not be used until received. A convenience fee will be added to licenses obtained by telephone.
Go to any DNR license agent (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html) to obtain your annual authorization (renewal) in person. There is no additional charge to renew in person.
Duplicate lifetime licenses are available via any of the above purchasing methods.
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.
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, online or by telephone.
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.