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DEC announces changes to sporting license fulfillment beginning Aug. 1


Fri, Feb 2nd 2024 04:50 pm

Agency: Plain paper to replace synthetic paper, allowing for easier and quicker printing

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that, by Aug. 1, the paper used for state sporting licenses and carcass tags will change from special stock synthetic paper to plain paper. It said this change “will modernize the license purchasing process by allowing easier, quicker access to licenses and tags, and offering at-home license and tag printing options for the increasing number of hunters, trappers and anglers who purchase their licenses online."

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “DEC’s transition to paper tags will provide the sporting community with a streamlined process to go afield. This cost-effective shift to paper tags will reduce the state’s carbon footprint and ensure our sporting license program is at the forefront of emerging technologies.

“In recent years, supply chain issues have made it increasingly difficult and more expensive for fish and wildlife agencies to acquire synthetic paper and many have successfully made the switch to plain paper licenses. New York state looks forward to joining our partner states in this transition to modernize our system.”

DEC noted, “Customers will still be able to purchase licenses in-person at an issuing agent, online, or over the phone, but will have more flexibility in license delivery, including printing at the point-of-sale or email and print-at-home. Additionally, when hunters and anglers are afield, proof of licensure can be shown electronically through the HuntFishNY mobile app. The app is also a fast and easy way for hunters to report their game harvests. Currently, the only option for backtags and carcass tags will be plain paper.

This change is effective for the 2024-25 license year and will begin with sales starting Aug. 1. Lifetime license holders should also expect to receive their 2024-25 licenses and tags on plain paper by mail by Sept. 1. The change to plain paper does not apply to the spring 2024 turkey season.

More information on this change is available in a “Q&A” format on the DEC website. Additional details will be forthcoming prior to licenses going on sale on Aug. 1. Customers can check DEC’s website or sign up for DEC Delivers for information and updates regarding this change.

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