IDNR Introduces New Automated Licensing System

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is simplifying the application process for state hunting and fishing licenses through DNR Direct; the Department’s new automated license, permit and registration system.

DNR Direct is a state of the art, convenient and efficient way of providing required fishing and hunting licenses and other IDNR permits and registrations to those enjoying outdoor recreation opportunities in Illinois.

“This new system will greatly improve the speed at which we process hunting and fishing licenses, eliminating much of the waiting time people experienced in the past,” said Acting IDNR Director Sam Flood. “DNR Direct will also allow the Department to keep better track of who possesses those licenses here in Illinois.”

Illinois now joins 12 other states including Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin which have similar automated licensing systems created by Central Technology Services, based in Jefferson City, Missouri. Development of DNR Direct has been on going for the last year with the system being tested by 20 pilot vendors over during the last two months.

“We are working everyday to get more vendors online to serve as many people as possible in their own communities,” said Chris Hill, IDNR Systems and Licensing Manager. “The pilot phase has gone very smoothly and the system itself has been well received across the state.”

More than 200 vendors are currently on line using the DNR Direct system, which is being provided by the IDNR at no additional cost to consumers or vendors. By April 2006, the DNR Direct system should be in place with all participating vendors statewide.

Those interested in purchasing fishing, hunting or sportsmen’s licenses for the 2006 season, which begins April 1, have a number of purchase options:

Online through the IDNR web site at Just click on the “DNR Direct Online License Sales” or “Online Licenses for Hunting and Fishing” links on the home page. Licenses are available for purchase 24 hours a day using a credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Anglers and hunters can print out their license and be ready to go.

From participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors, including hundreds of sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, convenience stores and other retail locations. Licenses are printed out on point of sale terminals, replacing the hand-written licenses available previously. (Many participating vendor locations should have licenses available within the next month).

By telephone through the DNR Direct toll free telephone system at 1-888-6-PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). Licenses are available for purchase through the toll free phone system 24 hours a day using a credit card and will be mailed to purchasers.

Through DNR Direct at the IDNR headquarters on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield and at IDNR regional offices in Sterling, Alton, Benton and at Clinton Lake.

License fees for 2006 are unchanged from 2005. As in the past, internet license sales are subject to an additional convenience fee.

Fishing License Fees: Resident Annual - $13.00
Senior Resident Annual (65 years old and over) - $ 6.75
Resident Sportsmen's (combined hunting and fishing license) - $19.25
Senior Resident Sportsmen's (combined hunting and fishing license) - $ 10.00
Non-resident Annual - $24.50
Non-resident 10-Day - $13.00
Res. or Non-res. 24 Hour - $ 5.50 (includes trout and salmon fishing privileges)
Lake Michigan Salmon Stamp - $ 6.50 (licensed anglers only)
Inland Trout Stamp - $ 6.50 (all waters except Lake Michigan)
Resident Lifetime Fishing License - $ 375.00
Resident Lifetime Sportsmen’s License (hunting and fishing) - $ 555.00

Hunting License Fees:

Resident Hunting License - $ 7.50
Resident Senior Hunting License (65 years and over) - $4.00
Resident Trapping License - $10.50
Resident Sportsmen’s License (combined hunting and fishing license) - $19.25
Senior Resident Sportsmen’s License (combined hunting and fishing) - $10.00
Resident Lifetime Hunting License - $210.00
Resident Lifetime Sportsmen’s License (hunting and fishing) - $555.00
State Habitat Stamp - $5.50
State Waterfowl Stamp - $10.50
Non-Resident Hunting License - $50.75
Non-Resident 5-Day Hunting License - $28.75
Non-Resident Trapping License - $250.50