Georgia's New Online License System Now Available

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Georgia's new online recreational license system went live Wed., Nov. 12 on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division Web site - www.georgiawildlife.com . Users looking to purchase, renew or replace fishing and hunting licenses should select "Recreational Licenses" under the "Permits and Services" box on the division's Web site to log into the new system.

"Under the new system, users will have the added convenience of purchasing their hunting and fishing licenses by telephone," said Capt. Mike England of the division's License and Boat Registration Unit. "We are happy to be working with the new vendor, Active Networks (the resulting merge of Central Bank, InfoSpherix and Automated License Systems) recognized as a data and financial experts, who also serve 25 other states in the same capacity."

The remainder of the changes to the recreational license system will occur as originally scheduled in January 2009. The early launch of the new online license system was designed to allow ample time to resolve any resulting issues before the official January launch affecting retail agents statewide.

In January, all participating retail agents will begin selling licenses under the new system, and this will complete the transition of the division's license and boat registration system.

Currently, approximately 400 retail agents have signed up to participate in the new system in January. Those agents that are interested and have yet to sign up, should call 1-800-825-9165 to ensure inclusion in the final transition process.

With the new online recreational license system, customers are able to print out licenses immediately with their personal printers.

Customers interested in purchasing hunting and fishing licenses by telephone should call 1-800-366-2661 and select option three.

"It is important for people to know that with the activation of the new telephone sales, Active Networks will issue customers a temporary authorization number until the process is complete," explained England. "Once hunting and fishing licenses are completely processed, customers should receive their licenses in the mail within seven days."

There are costs associated with the new recreational license system. A new convenience fee will be applied to all transactions, either single or multiple. Hunting and fishing license purchases have a $2.75 convenience fee for Internet transactions, a $4 convenience fee for telephone transactions and a $3.25 convenience fee for transactions completed at participating retail agents.

Sales of hunting and fishing licenses and boat registrations provide key financial support for fish and wildlife conservation.

For more information on the new online recreational license system, visit www.georgiawildlife.com .