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Sport Fishing Licenses Now Available Online

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California Department of Fish and Game News Release

 

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2009

 

Sport Fishing Licenses Now Available Online

 

Contacts: Richard Reyes, Automated License Data System Program Manager, (916) 928-6899

Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 804-1714

 

California sport fishing licenses are now available for purchase online, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced today.

 

"The online purchasing option will make it more convenient for our customers to enjoy California's diverse recreational fishing opportunities," said John McCamman, Chief Deputy Director. "Anyone who has access to the Internet and a printer can get a license 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and be on their way to fish minutes after logging on."

 

All resident and non-resident licenses, both annual and short-term, and selected stamps can be purchased at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/intro.html. The purchaser will be able to print out a one-day or two-day license, or a temporary annual license. Non-residents can also purchase a 10-day license. All licenses purchased online and printed are valid; annual license purchasers will receive a permanent license in the mail within 10 days. All purchases may be made using Visa or MasterCard.

 

The stamps available for online purchase are the Second Rod Stamp (only needed for inland waters), a Sport Fishing Ocean Enhancement Stamp, and Bay Delta Enhancement Stamps. Report cards must still be obtained from one of the 1,800 authorized license agents throughout the state or at local DFG license sales offices.

 

Fishing licenses are still available for purchase from authorized license agents. The cost is the same whether purchased online or from an agent. All licenses purchased online or from an agent must be displayed above the waist and be clearly visible while fishing. Licenses will include a security code that will be decipherable by wardens in the field.

 

McCamman was instrumental in guiding this sport fishing license project to completion prior to the release of the entire Automated License Data System (ALDS). With ALDS, DFG will expand availability to include hunting licenses by 2011, but for the time being, only sport fishing licenses are available.

 

DFG sells more than 2 million sport fishing licenses and generates more than $62 million in revenue annually. One-third of the revenue generated by these sales is earmarked for DFG's Hatcheries and Fish Planting Facilities Program; the rest supports fisheries management and protection through the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.

 

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Subscribe to DFG News via email or RSS feed. Go to www.dfg.ca.gov/news.

 

Subscribe to the DFG Marine Region News Service (ocean-related news and information only). Go to www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/subscribe.asp.

 

Enhance your California sport fishing experience by participating in DFG's California Fishing Passport program! See www.fishingpassport.org for details.

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That's cool. Thanks for the heads up.

 

I was gonna ask about the Sport Fishing Ocean Enhancement Stamp but I found the answer myself.

 

"An ocean enhancement stamp is required when fishing anywhere in the ocean south of Point Arguello (Santa Barbara county) where a fishing license is required."

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Out here in Arizona it has been going on for several years now. I normally get mine with my AZ # boat tags online. It is nice because your license gets to you typed, nice and neat. Also The Game and Fish("Arizona's fish&Game")

registers your boat from year to year so you do not need your ID for a fishing or hunting license as long as you are registering your boat. Game and Fish handles your boat registration and not the DMV. You can also get hunting license along with lifetime license for both hunting and fishing on line. It is great and depending on what time of year you apply for the license online you can also print out a temporary until you get yours in the mail if you are applying in January and want to fish or hunt in January.

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