Columbus, OH – Anglers can now purchase One-day and Three-day fishing licenses over the telephone thanks to the newly implemented license system by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Customers have two telephone options to purchase a “last-minute” fishing license using a credit card:

Calling 1-866-703-1928 between 5 a.m. and midnight to reach a live operator who will walk the customer through the transaction; a $5.50 convenience fee is included with this option.

Calling 1-855-765-3474 any time for an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Callers should be sure and have their nine-digit customer identification number, which can be obtained at no cost from the Wild Ohio Customer Center at The IVR option includes a $3.25 convenience fee.

In both cases, the customer is issued a 10-digit license number then instructed to carry it along with a picture ID as proof that the angler is properly licensed. A printed copy of the license is not included. Convenience fees in either option can be avoided by purchasing licenses early at license agent outlets or over the Internet at Customers should note $10 of the One-Day Fishing License can be exchanged for credit toward the purchase of an Annual Fishing License at any time within the license year.

Also new this year, anglers have the option of buying in advance an $11 “Lake Erie Charter 1-Day Fishing License” allowing them to wait and validate the license at the dock the day of the trip. Waiting to sign and date the license allows for its future use in case the original fishing trip is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. This license is not available for purchase over the telephone.

All license purchases include a $1.00 writing fee.

Customers should be aware that Social Security Numbers (SSN) will be required of all individuals, youth and adult, who plan to buy licenses and permits. United States Federal Statute 42 requires the collection of SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. When buying a license, customers are also required by law to give their full name, date of birth, gender, declaration of residency, mailing address, height, weight, hair and eye color.

For questions or clarification contact the Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or visit our website at

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