How Do You Obtain a Wisconsin DNR Fishing License?

How Do You Obtain a Wisconsin DNR Fishing License?

Wisconsin fishing licenses are available through the Department of Natural Resources, sales agents and through the department's website. Anglers age 16 to 64 are required to possess a license before fishing.

The Department of Natural Resources sells fishing licenses at 28 offices throughout Wisconsin including the central office in Madison. Service centers and the central office are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satellite offices are open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Many stores serve as license agents for the DNR. The department's website provides a listing of sales agents for each county. The department recommends contacting stores for their business hours before traveling to purchase a license.

The department's website has a link for anglers to order their licenses online. A DNR account is required to purchase a license. To create an account, Wisconsin law requires residents to provide their Social Security number, date of birth and a valid Wisconsin driver's license number or Department of Transportation identification card number. Non-residents provide their Social Security number and date of birth.

A DNR account number, which appears on all licenses, is assigned after the information is provided. As of 2015, a $1 convenience fee is added to the cost of the license when all items can be printed by the customer. The fee is $3 if any items are to be sent by mail.