Commercial License Wait List

As licenses become available, the individual at the top of the list will be contacted by a department representative and instructed to pick up their license. If there are no names listed under a license category there is not a waitlist as of the updated date. That does not necessarily mean there are license available, it just means there are no people on the waitlist at the time of the last update. The list will get updated periodically so please check the "last updated" date if you have applied and do not see your name.

The individuals listed as "Available for Pick up" have been removed from the waitlist and are currently eligible to redeem their authorization. The first year of the authorization is grandfathered in at the fee paid with application to the wait list. When you pick up your authorization, you will NOT have to pay the authorization fee again. However, other fees do apply. You will be charged a $20 marketing surcharge and, with the exception of fishing guides, must also pay a $215 harvester registration fee. The list will get updated annually in May, so please check after that month if you have applied and do not see your name.

There are two options available for claiming your authorization:

  1. Through July 14, 2019, you can visit any DNR Service Center to redeem your authorization for the 2018 - 2019 license year. The authorization will be valid on the day of issuance and is valid through August 31, 2019.

    Please be ADVISED that by choosing this option, you will be required to RENEW your license for 2019 – 2020 license year by August 31, 2019

  2. ​​You can delay redeeming your authorization until the 2019 - 2020 license year by visiting a DNR Service Center between July 15 and August 31, 2019. The authorization will not be valid until September 1, 2019 and will expire August 31, 2020. 


  • Failure to pick up your authorization by July 14, 2019 means you will not be able to use the authorization in this license year.
  •  Anyone who has not redeemed their authorization by August 31, 2019 will not receive the authorization and will be removed from the wait list.  The authorization fee paid at the time you joined the wait list will be refunded.

**Under the Governor's COVID-19 Executive Order, commercial fishing licenses are extended until 30 days after the order is lifted. The waitlist cannot be updated until the department has a final list of unrenewed licenses. We appreciate your patience.