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Technology to ease fish and game licensing process

Friday, September 14, 2018

New modernized licensing system is on the way for hunters and anglers in 2019.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will launch a new electronic licensing system Dec. 1 when 2019 licenses and tags go on sale.

With the new system, hunters and anglers can choose to carry their documents electronically (on their smart phone or tablet) and tag fish and wildlife with a mobile app that will work even offline.

Customers still can use paper documents, but they’ll be able to print licenses and tags directly from home. 

Anglers and hunters also have the option of purchasing licenses and tags at agents, such as Fred Meyer, Big 5 Sporting Goods and Main Street Market, but no special paper or computer equipment will be needed by the businesses.

The new system is expected to save $2 million annually, thanks to the elimination of specialty paper and computer equipment and overall lower system costs.

“Customers have been asking for the ability to carry tags on their mobile phones and for a more mobile-friendly system,” said Curt Melcher, ODFW director. “We’re pleased this new system will bring both cost savings and an improved customer experience for Oregon’s hunters and anglers.”

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