Welcome to the Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Service Centers are open by appointment only. Customers can schedule appointments online or call a local service center for assistance.
Services will continue to be available by mail, online, and via telephone at local service center offices. Licenses, permits, and stamps can be obtained by using the department’s online COMPASS portal.
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
Visit Us: If you'd rather visit one of our department staffed Service Centers in Maryland, begin with finding one close to you. Boating registration can ONLY be done through one of our Department of Natural Resources Service Centers.
Department of Natural Resources Service Centers 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday Except State Holidays We Accept Cash, Checks, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.
Go Local: We also have more than 250 department approved sport license agents located throughout the State if you'd prefer to visit a local business to get your license. Boating business must be done through an official Department of Natural Resources Service Center.
Phone Sales: You can also purchase your license via phone. Call 866-344-8889. Hours for Phone Sales are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding State Holidays.
Regardless of how you get your license/permits, we expect you'll receive exceptional service. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing provide DNR ID number, if possible. If question/concern relates to your boat, please provide the boat number.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)