Both members of married couples who want to purchase a Minnesota combination angling or hunting license in person at a license agent, such as a bait shop or store, now need to be present at the sales location.

The Department of Natural Resources made the change starting Feb. 18 to begin requiring both spouses to provide and verify their own complete customer records on file to purchase a combination license.

“These changes will bring the DNR into compliance with state and federal laws that require collecting this information for angling or hunting license sales,” said Steve Michaels, licensing program director. “The information helps prevent licenses being sold to people with violations or unpaid fines.”

Michaels said the old system “had no checks on the spouse record. So there was potential if you were not eligible for a license your spouse could just add your name to the combo license.”

Michaels said you can still buy combination licenses online and by phone.

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“In most cases both spouses will have a (customer) record and you just enter the information in and print out the license. If you go to an agent and want a combo, you both need to be there,’’ he noted.

Customers will continue to pay the same price for combination licenses, which are discounted compared with purchasing two individual licenses.

(Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
(Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

When purchasing in person, if age 21 or older, both customers also must provide their current Minnesota driver’s licenses or identification cards. If both spouses are not present, the person present may purchase their part of the license and their spouse may obtain their license at a later date at no additional charge.

If a spouse does not have a record on file with the DNR, that spouse can create one with their full name, birth date and social security number. If they are a Minnesota resident age 21 or older, they also will need a current Minnesota driver’s license or current Minnesota identification card.

They can create their record anywhere DNR licenses are sold, or call the DNR license center at 877-348-0498 or 651-297-1230 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. But new resident customer records for people ages 21 and over cannot be created online — only by phone or at a license agent so they can confirm your driver's license.

The DNR offers the following married combination licenses:

  • Angling, valid for fishing.

  • Conservation angling, valid for half the possession limit, per spouse.

  • Sports, valid for fishing for both spouses and small game hunting for one spouse.

  • Super Sports, valid for fishing for both spouses, small game for one spouse, includes two state trout stamps, and waterfowl and pheasant stamps for one spouse. It also offers the choice of a firearm, archery or muzzleloader deer license for one spouse.

  • Family nonresident angling, valid for one or both parents and dependent children under age 16.

To buy a license online, go to dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/online-sales.html, or for more information about where to go in person, go to dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html, call 888-646-6367 or email info.dnr@state.mn.us.

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