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Oops!

After looking at the draw results for my son and I yesterday, I was unable to view any preference points my son had earned in previous years.  Puzzled I called the CPW and discovered his CID number had been all jacked up somehow (of course no one in the CPW would have been responsible for this).  He had multiple CID numbers on file and sometime last year, in an effort to reconcile those multiple CIDs, the CPW merged them.  Unfortunately, his last name ended up misspelled during the reconciliation.  Although I did apply for him correctly, the system couldn't find the record of his prior year preference points (because his name was spelled wrong!) so he kind of got screwed.

I've never really paid that close of attention to the CID number, just purchasing licenses and stamps with his full name and hunter safety number online.  I WILL be paying attention to the CID number now.  Other than get his points back (if the CPW decides to correct this for him) not much we can do about it.

Ya, he was disappointed last night when I told him about it.  We'll chalk it up to life isn't fair sometimes and make the best out of it.   

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They screwed up. They should

They screwed up. They should give him a tag for their blunder.

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That stinks

Unfortunately I've seen this with kids before. The multiple Ids can happen in several ways, obviously through mispellings, but the name should only be entered once and then when the license is printed out you make sure it's correct. A biggie is hunter Ed instructors, they'll send in a misspelled name, then send thekiss down to verify his hunter education card without buying a license, so he doesn't see anything printed off for him. Then the kid comes back a few weeks later to buy his first license and he starts a new record because the machine asks if you've ever had a license before. If you say no, it starts a new record. Then, at age 16 he can go get a license without dad at Walmart, and once again he's asked if he ever had a license before, and the kid thinking just this year, says no, or the person selling the license implies just this year. Either way, do that a few times and you've got numerous records for the same person.

Then you send in a paper application, which is where 99% of errors occur, and voila! A human finally sees there's a problem and tries to play connect the dots.

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That's how the polite CPW rep

That's how the polite CPW rep tried to explain it to me yesterday too.  And, I can understand how 1000's upon 1000's of records for both residents and non-residents can be a huge challenge to keep correct and consolidated.  I don't know how the additional records were created for my son.  Could have been hunter safety, could have been his first small game license when he was 10???  It's a mystery to me.

While talking with the CPW I pulled out the boys elk license from last year, with all of his correct info and such, and read the CID to the rep.  When he tried to locate the CID he discovered it had been merged with another CID (don't know where that one came from?) where his last name was misspelled.  Seems like the misspelling was the biggy here that prevented the system from finding his previous points even though the "I have preference points" box was checked on the app (which according to the rep triggers the system to look for multiple CIDs).

I avoid the paper apps because I thought they were too error prone.  Maybe I should reconsider--dunno.  I will be watching the CID numbers now and likely be using them, instead of the names and driver's license numbers, to apply for and purchase tags online.

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I always apply online. It

I always apply online. It seems like the safe way to do it.

I have one concern next year. I us my drivers licence to prove i'm a resident. In the regulations it says your DL can't be less than 6 mo old from renewing it. I renew this Dec. That won't be 6 mo from when I buy my hunting licence in April. I need to get this worked out. I don't want the tag to fail, because it thinks i'm not a resident.

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you'll be fine

Just keep your old license even with the hole punch in case someone asks to see it when you buy a license in person.  Entering it online won't prompt anybody to see anything.

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  No worries.  In Colorado

 

No worries.  In Colorado you can purchase your new driver's license on-line earlier than the deadline of your birthdate.  You can only do this once and the state will use your last picture again to mail you a new driver's license.

 

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Not sure I can do that. I got

Not sure I can do that. I got a really stupid speeding ticket. First one in 20 years.

There was a guy riding a bike right in the middle of the lane in front of me. I went around him, and the car coming the other way was a cop who clocked me 4 mph over the limit. Pretty lame ticket.

Don't you have to apply in person when you get a ticket?

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I just checked online. I can

I just checked online. I can get my licence by mailing in a form, but I have to get it signed by my eye doctor that i've had an eye exam in the last 6 months. I haven't, so it might be easier and cheaper to just get it at the DMV office. I'll make sure I get it 6 mo before next April.

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 Hmmmm.  You must have an

 

Hmmmm.  You must have an eye restriction like I do.  This extra documentation is only needed if the restriction is new and not already noted on your current driver's license - regardless of new moving violations.

 

 

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I am blind in one eye, but

I am blind in one eye, but that's not the reason. If you're over 66 you need a recent eye exam.

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