Wisconsin DNR License Information
DNR LICENSES AND PERMITS
As a public service to the residents of Milwaukee County and others, the County Clerk sells Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) licenses and permits.
Wisconsin fishing, hunting, trapping and harvesting licenses, state park admission passes, as well as other DNR licenses and permits are available for purchase Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Milwaukee County Clerk, Courthouse, Room 105. We accept cash and credit/debit cards. Note: there is a convenience fee of 3% for all credit/debit card transactions. Personal checks are not accepted.
To purchase a Wisconsin resident license, customers are required to provide proof of Wisconsin residency, such as a Wisconsin Driver's License. Non-resident licenses are also available for purchase.
Social Security Numbers and DNR Customer Numbers
Federal and state laws require the collection of social security numbers for hunting and fishing licenses.
Every first-time customer will be required to provide his or her social security number to purchase a license. Once the social security number is entered into the system, the customer will be assigned a DNR Customer Number that will appear on every license document and receipt. Social security numbers are not printed on license documents. Any subsequent purchases will allow customers to purchase their licenses using their DNR Customer Number, avoiding the collection of the social security number ever again.
Hunter Certification Requirement
Wisconsin law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1973, must complete a Certified Hunter Safety Education course before they can purchase a hunting license. Wisconsin's automated license system is designed to recognize when verification of Hunter Education Certification is required, based on the customer's birth date. Customers are required to provide the Safety Certificate Number and the state of issuance at the time of purchase. Archery hunters may satisfy the hunter education requirement with proof of completing a Bow Hunter Safety Education class.
For more information, including license fees, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at: http://dnr.wi.gov/