Licensing and Service Center Operations Update

Licensing & Registration Service Centers are open to customers by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click on the service center location below to make an appointment for that location. You will receive a confirmation at the email address provided when making the appointment. This will allow you cancel or change your appointment.


Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:

  • Boat title transfers
  • New boat title applications
  • Replacement title applications
  • Commercial license renewal
  • Commercial license transfer​

Only customers with appointments will be allowed entry. Unless accompanying a customer who needs assistance, we require that additional family or friends wait outside.

Customers are required to wear face masks for entry, and should arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for their appointments to allow for security protocols to be followed. Staff at the entrances will conduct brief screenings, which may include a temperature check and survey questions.

The online COMPASS portal provides 24/7 self service access to recreational licenses, permits, and stamps; off-road vehicle registrations; magazine subscriptions; and donation options in support of your favorite Maryland Department of Natural Resources programs.

This reopening is following guidelines of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery which includes a Safer at Home public health advisory. Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about DNR operations during COVID-19.

The department is reminding recreational hunters and fishers that they must have a valid license and any required permits or stamps to hunt or fish in Maryland. Due to the pandemic and the temporary closure of DNR’s licensing centers, a grace period was in place for existing license holders whose recreational hunting and fishing licenses expired during the state of emergency. That grace period will end on January 1, 2021. Licenses, permits, and stamps can be obtained at Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing Centers by appointment only, by visiting a retail sport license agent or by using the department’s online COMPASS portal.

Any additional questions, can submitted to customerservice.dnr@maryland.gov​

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