Frequently Asked Questions


  • E-License does not store any credit card numbers.
  • E-License does not place any permanent cookies on your device.
  • State of Michigan Policies


Your Web Browser

E-License requires a current web browser. Browsers that have been tested and are recommended are:

  • Desktop browsers
    • Chrome 46.0.2490
    • Firefox 42
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.0
    • Safari 9.0.1
  • Mobile browsers
    • default browser for iOS 9.1
    • default browser for Android Lollipop 5.0.2

If you do not have one of these browsers, you might not be able to complete the process without first updating your software.


Licenses are created and stored in PDF format. Your hardware requires software capable of displaying PDF files, for example Adobe Reader. Licenses can be printed from the PDF file at the end of the transaction or from the confirmation email.


Printing Your Items

If you print your item(s) on a printer, you need to ensure that the item(s) will last the entire season and is legible. We suggest that you cut the item(s) to the correct size and laminate it using clear tape. We realize these are some extra steps to make the item(s) durable, but we think the convenience of buying on the web at any time is worth the effort. Lost items must be replaced at the replacement cost.

Saving Your License to Your Smart Device

Be sure that you have saved your license to the PDF format and are carrying the Smart Device with you when using any license. If you purchased a Sportcard identification, you will also need to save this information using your Smart Device.

Items Mailed by the DNR

Mailed items will be sent out by the DNR in 7-10 business days.


Michigan residents are eligible for a senior discount at age 65 or older.

These licenses are available at all license agents and DNR Operations Service Centers. DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.


Licenses for resident and non-resident youths are available to minors 10-16 years of age on most licenses. Youth 9 and younger are eligible for Mentored Youth Hunt License (MYH). Each person will need their own ID or Sportcard to purchase items.

These licenses are available at all license agents and DNR Operations Service Centers. DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.


A student who is enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university within this state and who resides in Michigan during the school year.


Apprentice items are for anyone 10 years of age and older who has not received hunter safety certification. An individual is not eligible to obtain a specific type of apprentice license, such as a deer or turkey license, for more than 2 license years.

An individual shall not hunt game under an apprentice license unless another individual at least 21 years old who possesses a license, other than an apprentice license to hunt that game, accompanies that apprentice licensee and does not accompany more than 1 other apprentice licensee. In addition, if the apprentice is less than 14 years old and licensed to hunt deer, bear, or elk with a firearm, the minor child shall hunt only on private property.


The Michigan DNR offers discounted licenses to US military members who are currently in federal active duty status.

Qualifying customers must provide proof of military status at the time of purchase as well as while afield and be able to present proof upon request by a conservation officer, a tribal conservation officer, or any other law enforcement officer. Proof of military status may include military ID, leave papers, duty papers, military orders, or other evidence verifying the applicant is a member of the military and has been called to federal active duty.

  1. Michigan residents who are currently in federal active duty status may obtain hunting and fishing licenses, for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.
  2. Non-residents who are in federal active duty status and currently stationed in Michigan are eligible to receive resident pricing on hunting and fishing licenses.

DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.


A resident who has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to be either permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veteran's benefits at the 100% rate OR individually unemployable is eligible to purchase ANY license, for which a lottery is not required, free of charge. In order to prove your eligibility for the veterans discount you must obtain a letter from the Veterans Administration stating that you are permanently and totally disabled and eligible for benefits at the 100% rate or rated as individually unemployable. The individual shall possess proof of his or her eligibility and shall furnish proof upon request of a conservation officer, tribal officer or any other law enforcement officer. DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.


A resident who is declared legally blind may purchase a senior all-species fishing license. DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.


Reasons why an item is not being displayed in the catalog:

  • Purchase limit met
  • Not successful in drawing
  • Excluded due to a previous purchase
  • Not past beginning sales date time
  • Outside minimum or maximum age requirement
  • Residency limitations
  • Prerequisite item not purchased

If you are still unsure as to why an item is not displaying, you can contact the DNR at (517) 284-6057, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.


Voids are only allowed for issuing errors.  Voids for any other reason are not allowed.  Special Hunt Applications must be received in our office within seven business days of the application deadline date in order to be voided and issued a refund.

If you have purchased the incorrect license, special hunt application or permit you may be entitled to a full refund.  Send in the following information:

  1. Original license, special hunt application or permit.
  2. Copy of the E-License receipt.
  3. Signed letter, stating reason for void.

Send to:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909

Attn: E-License Void Section

If you need to reprint a license that was purchased from E-License within the last 7 days, click on the following link: Item Reprint


Your order is initiated by submitting your identification information. Once the order has started, you have 30 minutes to select any items you wish to purchase and complete checkout information.

You will then be redirected to the CEPAS Payment page for entry of credit card information needed for order payment. You have 15 minutes to complete the credit card transaction and will then be redirected back to E-License to complete your order.

If you do not complete your order and payment information within the allotted timeframes, your items will be cancelled and you will need to restart your order.


A person taking a bobcat, fisher, marten, otter, or incidental catches must present the animal at a DNR office for registration. Furtakers must register their own take.

Furbearer Registration