Licensing and Registration Service

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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

Buy Online: If you want to buy a license through our secure website, click the button below. (Please review the "Before You Buy Online" section on the right first.) You can also use our call center for certain purchases.

Get a License 

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 When emailing provide DNR ID number, if possible. If question/concern relates to your boat, please provide the boat number. ​​​​​​​