The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced changes to how married couples will purchase combination hunting or fishing licenses, beginning February 18.

The DNR says that beginning Thursday, both members of married couples who want to purchase a combination angling or hunting license in person will need to be present at the sales location. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now requiring both spouses to provide and verify their own complete customer records on file to purchase a combination license.

When purchasing a combination license in person, both spouses must be present, and, if age 21 or older, 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. Also, if a spouse does not have a record on file with the DNR, they can create one by providing the required information.

“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.”

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This policy change will not impact the cost of the licenses. Minnesota combination licenses will continue at the same discounted rate when compared to purchasing two individual licenses.

For reference, the Minnesota 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.

You can click here for more information on Minnesota DNR licenses.

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