Licensing and Registration Service

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Governor Hogan has issued an executive order related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. The executive order immediately grants a grace period of 30 days after the date of termination of the state of emergency. This includes items normally processed at our Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing Service Centers.

Our online COMPASS portal provides 24/7 self service access to our entire product catalog of 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.

Customers are encouraged to check our website, or contact us at customerservice.dnr@maryland for updates or additional information.

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. ​​​​​​