Massachusetts Launches Online Licensing System

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A new electronic licensing system, MassFishHunt, has debuted online offering 2011 hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping licenses from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), as well as non-commercial lobster permits and the new saltwater fishing permit from the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF). Both resident and non-resident license and permit buyers will find information and links to the MassFishHunt system at: www.mass.gov/MassFishHunt.

Benefits of the new MassFishHunt system to license holders include the ability to purchase and print their licenses and permits at their home computer. Lost a license in the wash or out in the field? MassFishHunt also provides online license holders the ability to print duplicate licenses free of charge.

The new licensing system is managed by a private vendor, Active Outdoors, of Nashville, Tennessee. Of the 81 million hunting and fishing licenses issued annually in the U.S., Active Outdoors processes 58% through its systems. Customer service inquiries regarding purchases of electronic licenses and permits from MassFishHunt should be directed to ActiveOutdoors by calling toll-free (888) 773-8450 or emailing: mahfwebmaster@als-xtn.com. After setting up electronic license sales at DFW and DMF offices, Active Outdoors will begin to make electronic license sales available at retail stores, sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, and city and town halls. License buyers will still be able to purchase the traditional paper hunting, trapping, and freshwater fishing paper licenses and stamps at license vendors throughout the state until the switch is made to an entirely electronic system. A list of current hunting, trapping, and freshwater fishing license vendors can be found at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/licensing/vendors/license_vendors.htm.

"The switch from paper license sales to an entirely electronic system will vastly improve the accounting, record keeping, and efficiency of our licensing system," said DFW Director Wayne MacCallum. "The system will also enable anglers, hunters, and trappers buying a license online to print and use their license, immediately."

Electronic registration for boats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles is not available through MassFishHunt, but will continue to be available through the Office of Environmental Law Enforcement website at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle/elereg.htm as well as at their registration offices in Boston, Fall River, Hyannis, Springfield, and Worcester.

"We are very happy to offer this state-of-the-art service to the people who support our conservation and management efforts by purchasing fishing, hunting, and sporting licenses," said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin. "This new system gives people multiple options to purchase these licenses, and in time will give our Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and Division of Marine Fisheries the ability to communicate directly with license holders, thus improving service."