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DNR offers convenience, savings with enhanced online license purchasing

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Anglers and hunters will find convenience, 24-hour-a-day service and savings when they buy their 2010 licenses using the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) enhanced online licensing system.

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"With 2009 angling licenses expiring April 30, there's no better time to go online and purchase a 2010 angling license," said Steve Michaels, electronic license system program director. "Customers will save money and buy licenses whenever it fits their schedule."

The new system allows anyone with an active DNR customer record to instantly purchase and print any type of hunting license, fishing license or validation from a computer. In the past, customers paid a $3.50 transaction fee when purchasing a license. Now the fee is only 3 percent of the transaction amount (54 cents), which is added to the cost of an $18 individual resident angling license.

Touch-screen terminals replaced outdated license machines at DNR license agent locations across Minnesota earlier this year. The improved online system for DNR customers at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense was added as part of that upgrade.

Minnesota residents who have purchased a license within the last 10 years using a Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota state ID number will have a DNR customer record on file. Records also are on file for people younger than 21 who have purchased a DNR license. Nonresidents who have previously purchased a Minnesota license may enter their date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number to locate their license record.

Any license purchase requiring special documentation such as Social Security disability or a nonresident student requires a visit to a DNR license agent.

Once a customer accesses his or her record, the system displays what licenses and validations are available for purchase. The purchasing interface will not display licenses or validations that already have been purchased or placed in the online shopping cart.

Once the purchase is complete, licenses can be printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The system allows customers to save a copy of a license to their computer and reprint it at anytime. Duplicate licenses also can be obtained at any license agent for a $2.50 fee.

Fish and game species that require a tag, such as wild turkey, deer or sturgeon, also can be purchased online, but customers must wait five to six business days for the tag to arrive via mail.

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