Attention Minnesota lifetime license holders: Here’s a reminder from the DNR that if you hunt or fish, you’re still required to obtain a free annual license each year the lifetime license is used.

You can do this the same way you purchase a regular license: in person, by phone or online at These annual licenses are issued at no fee, except a convenience fee will be added to licenses obtained by telephone or internet.

Annual “renewal of participation” by the license holder helps the DNR distribute current regulations, get accurate counts of active licensees each year and update our records. Another important note: Lifetime license holders may see the designation show up on a new driver’s license. Even if it does appear on the driver’s license, you’ll still need to validate your license each year you intend to use it, to stay compliant with hunting and fishing regulation requirements.