Customers can purchase hunting licenses, fishing licenses, and off-road vehicle registrations along with associated items through our COMPASS online portal, at any of our Sports License Agents and the Department's 8 Regional Service Centers. License prices are the same regardless of how or when you obtain your license. You can also renew your vessel registration online through Compass.
Please contact your local Department of Natural Resources Service Center for other department licenses & permits, such as commercial licenses and boat titling and registration.
Items purchased through our COMPASS online portal are effective immediately. Be sure to print your license document before leaving COMPASS. Please note Department of Natural Resources does recognize electronic copy of your license, but must be in your possession while engaged in the licensed activity. Only fishing decals and the Maryland migratory bird stamp will be mailed (allow 7-10 days for delivery). Hunting and Fishing Guides can be viewed or downloaded from the links included within the “Thank You for your Purchase” email.
From your online COMPASS account you can access various forms for download. These forms include your DNRid Card, additional Harvest Record cards, and Field Tags. Additionally, you can access a listing of Maryland Emergency Rooms, a Trip and Emergency Contact form and forms for securing permission on private property for fishing, hunting and trapping. Remember, a fishing or hunting license does not represent permission to fish or hunt on private property. You must always secure the property owner's permission prior to hunting or fishing on their land.
To ensure that your license will print properly, we recommend printing a sample license to ensure that you have the most current Adobe Acrobat software and that it is working properly.
A license can also be reprinted. You can reprint your license any time by logging into your COMPASS account. Customers can also download and print additional DNRid cards, harvest records, and all field tags directly from your COMPASS account. You are automatically given a COMPASS account if you provided your email address during your first purchase. If you do not provide an email during purchase, you will still have a COMPASS account, but you will need to access it by a combination of an identification type (DNRid, Driver License, SSN, License Number) and date of birth.
Call 410-260-3220 for assistance between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding State Holidays.
Maryland licensed sportsmen are required to carry a second form of identification along with their licenses when hunting or fishing. That second form of identification should match the name and address printed on your license.
All licenses now include a DNRid card. This DNRid card provides quick access to your COMPASS account for future purchases at Department of Natural Resources Service Centers and Sports License Agent locations.
The DNRid Card does not qualify as your second ID in the field. You must still carry a second form of identification while you hunt and/or fish.
Customers qualify for certain items by the education or other certifications the carry. COMPASS stores these certifications for each customer to prove your eligibility. One your Recreational License and DNRid card, you will notice ‘PRE’ or up to three letters after the ‘CRT:’ one each and they represent the following certifications:
Note: Persons under the age of 18 hunting on family property when a license is not required, must have a Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunter Safety.
Obtaining your DNRid Card and Number is quick and free. Your DNRid Card is the quick and easy way for a representative to locate your account in COMPASS consistently each time to limit the data entry involved in each purchase. Most importantly, this card in your hand proves that you are verified in COMPASS and your information is accurate. Private Landowners and other individuals exempt from hunting license requirements will need to obtain their DNRid Card to report deer and turkey harvest through COMPASS and the telephone system. Please follow these quick instructions for the option that best matches your scenario.
Enrollment is a one-time process, but if your information changes at any time you can update from your COMPASS account and then print a new DNRid Card. Additionally, the DNRid Card will always print with your license, so obtaining a fresh copy is convenient and always free. View our Tutorial before obtaining your DNRid Card!
The last step of new customer enrollment is the validation of your email address and activation of our COMPASS account. After you enter your email address and password, COMPASS will send a portal/account verification email to the email address you provided. This verification email will ask you to click on the provided link to activate your account.
Once active, you should login to COMPASS with your email address as your username and your created password to enter your home page. From your COMPASS home page, look for the ‘Downloads’ section and select DNRid Card, which is the first link. COMPASS will generate your DNRid Card for printing. Your DNRid card contains your DNRid number, any certifications and your name and address.
At the COMPASS portal login, select ‘Use Identification and Date of Birth’ to verify your information migrated over from our legacy systems and activate your COMPASS account. Upon confirmation of your email address and password, you will receive a verification email requesting you to click the provided link to activate your COMPASS account.
From your COMPASS home page, look for the ‘Downloads’ section and select DNRid Card, which is the first link. COMPASS will generate your DNRid Card for printing. Your DNRid card contains your DNRid number, any certifications and your name and address..
The federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 requires that states establish procedures under which the state has authority to withhold, suspend, or restrict the issuance and use of licenses when individuals have unresolved debt or other court actions related to paternity or child support proceedings.
In response to the very real possibility of losing millions in federal funding, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 115 in 2003, which requires the collection of Social Security numbers upon the issuance of recreational fishing licenses. The requirement to collect Social Security numbers from hunting license applicants dates to the early 1990s.
Statutory and regulatory requirements to collect the Social Security number:
The department’s new COMPASS licensing system is convenient and secure. The Department’s COMPASS enrollment process asks for the customer’s personal information only once. The customer receives a DNR id card that identifies them as a Department of Natural Resources customer. The unique DNRid# displayed on the card is the consistent way for department associates and sport license agents to accurately identify a customer within the system and to promptly provide the items they wish to purchase.
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