Wyoming Launches New License System

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Customers who buy hunting and fishing licenses at Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional offices and headquarters will now experience the new internet-based point of sale license system.

The system will allow information to be entered into an electronic, statewide database system in real-time and will be tied to the sportsmen ID number.

"The Integrated Point of Sale system, or IPOS, will bring the Game and Fish license-selling system into the twenty-first century," says Rich Reynders, Chief Fiscal Officer for the Game and Fish. "The system offers great benefits to hunters, anglers, license-selling agents and the Game and Fish."

Those benefits, Reynders explains, include offering license holders more convenience such as condensed, wallet-sized licenses printed in sequence. For example, a customer who purchased an upland game-bird license, pheasant stamp, fishing license and conservation stamp would have previously had to keep track of four separate licenses or stamps. Through the IPOS system, the licenses will print on a single document in sequence on wallet-sized, waterproof paper.

"The IPOS system will allow license selling agents to capture hunter and angler information through a computer terminal connected to a statewide database," says Reynders. "The electronic format will help speed up processing at the sale counter by eliminating the need for hand-writing licenses, significantly reduce paperwork for the license-selling agents and make the processing of licenses much more efficient for the Game and Fish."

The system was launched at the Cheyenne Game and Fish headquarters in early November, and expanded to Regional Game and Fish offices in December. After the Game and Fish offices pilot the program for a few months, the system will be expanded to selected license selling agents. Currently there are 12 licenses or stamps available for purchase through the IPOS system, including fishing and small game licenses and conservation stamps. In May 2008, the system will include general over-the-counter licenses and leftover licenses, and by early 2009, will offer all licenses and stamps, except those requiring an application process.

About 120 of Wyoming's more than 250 license-selling agents have signed up to use the electronic system according to Reynders, a move that was strictly voluntary.

The project has been several years in the making for Game and Fish, and is the second installment of the Electronic Licensing System, which includes the internet-based limited quota license application system, launched in January 2007.

"Our goal is to make the process of buying a license in Wyoming as convenient and seamless as possible for hunters, anglers and the merchants who sell the licenses," says Reynders. "We hope our customers are as excited about this new service and continue to support our efforts to improve the hunting and fishing experience in our state."