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Chapter 97A

Section 97A.485


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97A.485 Issuance of licenses.

Subdivision 1. Commissioner. The commissioner shall issue and sell licenses. The commissioner shall furnish licenses and applications to agents authorized to issue licenses.

Subd. 1a. Repealed, 1992 c 513 art 3 s 79

Subd. 2. Repealed, 2004 c 255 s 51

Subd. 2a. Licenses to take additional deer. The commissioner may appoint federal, state, or local government employees to be agents of the commissioner for the sale of licenses or permits to take additional deer under section 97B.301, subdivision 4. A bond is not required of a government employee appointed under this subdivision.

Subd. 3. Appointment of agents. The commissioner may appoint agents of the commissioner to issue and sell licenses. The appointment may be revoked by the commissioner at any time.

Subd. 4. Application to sell licenses by agent. To be an agent, a person must apply to the commissioner in writing and in a manner approved by the commissioner.

Subd. 5. Agents responsible for fees. An agent must promptly deposit and remit all money received from the sale of licenses, except issuing fees, to the commissioner.

Subd. 6. Licenses to be sold and issuing fees. (a) Persons authorized to sell licenses under this section must issue the following licenses for the license fee and the following issuing fees:

(1) to take deer or bear with firearms and by archery, the issuing fee is $1;

(2) Minnesota sporting, the issuing fee is $1; and

(3) to take small game, to take fish by angling or by spearing, and to trap fur-bearing animals, the issuing fee is $1;

(4) for a trout and salmon stamp that is not issued simultaneously with an angling or sporting license, an issuing fee of 50 cents may be charged at the discretion of the authorized seller;

(5) for stamps other than a trout and salmon stamp, and for a special season Canada goose license, there is no fee; and

(6) for licenses issued without a fee under section 97A.441, there is no fee.

(b) An issuing fee may not be collected for issuance of a trout and salmon stamp if a stamp validation is issued simultaneously with the related angling or sporting license. Only one issuing fee may be collected when selling more than one trout and salmon stamp in the same transaction after the end of the season for which the stamp was issued.

(c) The agent shall keep the issuing fee as a commission for selling the licenses.

(d) The commissioner shall collect the issuing fee on licenses sold by the commissioner.

(e) A license, except stamps, must state the amount of the issuing fee and that the issuing fee is kept by the seller as a commission for selling the licenses.

(f) For duplicate licenses, the issuing fees are:

(1) for licenses to take big game, 75 cents; and

(2) for other licenses, 50 cents.

(g) The commissioner may issue one-day angling licenses in books of ten licenses each to fishing guides operating charter boats upon receipt of payment of all license fees, excluding the issuing fee required under this section. Copies of sold and unsold licenses shall be returned to the commissioner. The commissioner shall refund the charter boat captain for the license fees of all unsold licenses. Copies of sold licenses shall be maintained by the commissioner for one year.

Subd. 7. Electronic licensing system commission. The commissioner shall retain for the operation of the electronic licensing system a commission of 4.7 percent of all license fees collected, excluding:

(1) the small game surcharge;

(2) all issuing fees; and

(3) $2.50 of the license fee for the licenses in section 97A.475, subdivisions 6, clauses (1), (2), and (4), 7, 8, 12, and 13.

Subd. 8. Repealed, 2004 c 255 s 51

Subd. 9. Certain licenses not to be issued after season opens. The following licenses may not be issued after the day before the opening of the related firearms season:

(1) to guide bear hunters; and

(2) to guide turkey hunters.

Subd. 10. Repealed, 2004 c 255 s 51

Subd. 11. Rules for accounting and procedures. The commissioner shall prescribe rules for the accounting and procedural requirements necessary to assure the efficient handling of licenses and license fees. The commissioner may, by rule, establish standards for the appointment and revocation of agents to assure the efficient distribution of licenses throughout the state.

Subd. 12. Youth deer license. The commissioner may, for a fee of $5.50, issue to a resident under the age of 16 a license, without a tag, to take deer with firearms. A youth holding a license issued under this subdivision may hunt under the license only if accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age and possesses a valid tag. A deer taken by a youth holding a license issued under this subdivision must be promptly tagged by the licensed hunter accompanying the youth. Section 97B.301, subdivision 6, does not apply to a youth holding a license issued under this subdivision.

Subd. 13. One-day paper fishing licenses. The commissioner must allow one-day paper fishing licenses to be sold by fishing guides operating charter boats.

HIST: 1986 c 386 art 1 s 70; 1987 c 404 s 132; 1988 c 437 s 3; 1989 c 287 s 4; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 124; 1990 c 608 art 7 s 1; 1991 c 227 s 1; 1991 c 254 art 2 s 33; 1991 c 259 s 23; 1992 c 462 s 14; 1993 c 231 s 28,29; 1993 c 310 s 5; 1994 c 561 s 21,22; 1994 c 623 art 1 s 25; 1994 c 632 art 2 s 25; 1997 c 226 s 25-27; 2000 c 463 s 14; 1Sp2001 c 2 s 116; 2002 c 376 s 9; 2003 c 128 art 1 s 74; 2004 c 255 s 32-37