License Requirements
For short-term licenses, anglers may choose any consecutive dates.

  • To qualify as a resident, a person must maintain a legal residence in Minnesota for at least 60 consecutive days before purchasing a license.
  • A nonresident under age 21 whose parent is a Minnesota resident.
  • All residents age 16 and younger are allowed to take their own limit of fish without purchasing a license.
  • All nonresidents age 16 and older are required to have an appropriate fishing license while angling. Nonresidents under age 16 don’t need a license if an accompanying parent or guardian is licensed. Children of an adult who has a Minnesota nonresident family license may possess their own limit of fish. However, if the adult has an individual license, the child’s fish are included in the adult’s limit. Nonresidents under age 16 may purchase a license and possess their own limit of fish.
Nonresident Students & Military
  • A person in the U.S. armed forces who is stationed or training in the state may purchase a resident fishing license.
  • Students spending the full-term school year may purchase a resident license with proof of student status.
Licenses Issued Without a Fee
  • Permanent angling license issued to any Minnesota resident over age 16 who is mentally retarded 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, receiving a supplemental income (SSI, SSD), receiving worker’s compensation for total and permanent disability, ward of the Commissioner of Human Services, a resident of a state institution that has an approved application, or a foreign exchange student attending school in Minnesota.
  • Foreign exchange students may receive a free annual angling license with proof of foreign exchange student status.