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Changes Coming to DEC Sporting License Fulfillment in August

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced starting on August 1st, the paper used for state sporting licenses and carcass tags will change from a special synthetic paper to plain paper. The changeover the DEC says will modernize the license purchasing process and allow easier, and quicker access to licenses and tags.

The move will also now allow at home license and tag printing options. The option was added the DEC says due to the increasing number of hunters, trappers, and anglers who now purchase their licenses online.

“DEC’s transition to paper tags will provide the sporting community with a streamlined process to go afield,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

The DEC does note licenses will still be available for purchase in-person at an issuing agent, and over the phone. The change will be effective for the 2024-2025 license year and will begin sales on August 1st. Lifetime license holders should expect their 2024-2025 licenses and tags on plain paper by September 1st.

This new changeover however, will not apply to the spring 2024 turkey season, the DEC noted. Hunters and Anglers are also encouraged to download the HuntFishNY app, where they can show proof of license quickly.

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