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As of March 1, 2014, the price and structure of fishing licenses have changed. The current structure creates a simpler, more fair and efficient license buying process. All fishing licenses are “all species” licenses. There is no longer a restricted license type. A $1 surcharge is added to the combination hunt and fish licenses, resident annual, nonresident annual, and resident senior annual all-species fishing licenses, as noted with the asterisk*. Revenue generated from these funds will be used to educate the public on the benefits of hunting, fishing and trapping in Michigan, and the impact of these activities on the conservation, preservation and management of the state’s natural resources in accordance with statute. Learn more at

License Items & Fees

Purchase your fishing license (and more) online at

Item #

Item Type


DNR Sportcard


All-species Fishing Licenses


Resident Annual



Nonresident Annual



Senior Annual (Residents 65 or older or Residents who are legally blind – see License Requirements)



24-hour (Resident or Nonresident)



72-hour (Resident or Nonresident)


Permit or Tag (Unavailable online or with web app)


Muskellunge Harvest Tag (License Required, see Common Terms)



Sturgeon Fishing Permit and Harvest Tag (License Required, see Common Terms)


Combo Hunt/Fish Licenses (Base, Annual Fishing, 2 Deer)


Hunt/Fish Resident



Hunt/Fish Nonresident


Lost Licenses

Lost your license? Visit for instructions on how to replace.

Fishing license fees are waived for Michigan residents who are veterans with 100% disability or active-duty military (see License Requirements).

Who needs a Michigan fishing license?
You must purchase a fishing license if you are 17 years of age or older to fish. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations.

Where does the fishing license revenue go?
For information concerning where fishing license funds are used please see General Information.

Where can you purchase a Michigan fishing license?
• DNR License Agents (

• DNR Customer Service Centers

• Online (

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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