DNR Registration / Game & Fish Licenses
CHANGE IN SERVICES UNDER COVID-19In an effort to provide a safe environment for the public and our employees, DNR services are available by appointment or by using our secure drop boxes. This is the fastest way to get your transaction completed and is contact free! Game & Fish Licenses must be purchased in person. Walk-in customers may be accommodated on a limited basis. We will do our best to serve you depending on capacity and appointment cancellations.
ATV's, OHM's and ORV's
All terrain vehicles (ATV's), off-highway motorcycles (OHM's) and off-road vehicles (ORV's) can be registered at the License Centers. Information required for registration includes the make, model, year, serial number and sales receipt. For OHM registration the engine size and weight are also required. For ATV registration engine size, weight and width are also required.
More specific information on the regulations and fees can be obtained at the License Centers in manuals printed by the Department of Natural Resources.
Cross-Country Ski Passes
Cross-Country Ski Passes are only available at the License Centers in Washington County.
Game and Fish Licenses
Game and Fish Licenses and State stamps (not federal) are available at the License Centers.
Specialty licenses, which are issued annually, such as disability and foreign exchange student, can only be obtained from ELS Special Agents. The three Washington County License Centers are ELS Special Agents.
Residents wishing to obtain a license or stamp must provide their Minnesota Driver's License, Minnesota Public Safety Identification or Minnesota DNR number from a prior ELS license. Nonresidents must provide their nonresident driver's license number, social security number or Minnesota DNR number from a prior ELS license. Duplicate licenses are available at any ELS agent location.
The printed ELS license has a backing on the adhesive side that contains important information. After purchase, customers should fold the license without taking off the backing.
To purchase a non-commercial game or fish license, a customer, regardless of age, must either have their social security number (SSN) on file with the DNR or must provide it as part of the license application. Once your SSN is in our records, you will not be asked again for this number. United States residents who do not have a SSN must complete and sign a form stating that they have not been issued a SSN. These forms are available from ELS Special Agents, DNR web site, or DNR Information Center.
Social Security Number (SSN) Required
To purchase a non-commercial game or fish license, a customer, regardless of age, must either have their social security number (SSN) on file with the DNR or must provide it as part of the license application. Once your SSN is in our records, you will not be asked again for this number. United States residents who do not have a SSN must complete and sign a form stating that they have not been issued a SSN. These forms are available from ELS Special Agents, DNR web site, or DNR Information Center. Social Security Certification Form.
Only ELS Special Agents can process this form and authorize the purchase of a license. Customers who refuse to provide their SSN or sign a form will be denied a license. We understand the sensitivity of this requirement and have taken steps to ensure that the SSN will not be printed on any document and will be kept in a highly secure database.
Note: The 2003 legislature passed this requirement to meet the 1996 Federal National Welfare Reform Act that assists states in the enforcement of child support programs.
For information concerning availability of particular Game and Fish seasonal licenses, contact any of the License Centers.
Park PermitsWashington County park permits are available on an annual or daily basis. The first annual permit is $30.00 and the second annual is $20.00. In order to buy a second annual at the discounted price, both vehicles must be registered to the same household. Daily permits can be obtained at any Washington County Park. Parks Information
To register your snowmobile at the License Centers, you will need the make, model, year, serial number, engine size and sales receipt that shows proof of tax paid - if purchased from a dealer. Sales between private parties do not require payment of sales tax. You must be at least 18 years old to have a snowmobile registered in your name.
Renewal of your snowmobile registration can be done at the License Centers also. If you do not have the renewal card sent by the Department of Natural Resources, you can come in with the Minnesota registration numbers on the side of your sled and we can renew your registration with that information.
You can register your watercraft in person at any of the three License Centers. When you register your boat, know its length, manufacturer, type of hull material (wood, metal or plastic), type of propulsion, model, year, serial or hull identification number (HIN) and have a sales receipt that shows you have paid the sales tax if you bought it from a dealer. Sales between private parties do not require payment of sales tax.
If you have already registered your watercraft in Minnesota, you can renew your registration at any License Center. If you don't have the renewal notice that is sent by the Department of Natural Resources, bring in the Minnesota registration number that is on the side of the boat. We can renew your registration for you with that information.