Public comment accepted on proposed DEC regs on paper sporting licenses


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a regulatory proposal that would enable License Issuing Agents and Officers (LIAs) to charge a nominal printing fee to recover costs associated with printing and mailing paper sporting licenses and other items sold through DEC’s Automated Licensing System (DECALS). The proposal does not include any additional fees if the license buyer prints a license themselves.

Beginning this August, all hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and associated tags will be printed on plain paper rather than plastic stock. Because LIAs will supply their own paper, printers, and ink, DEC is proposing a rule change to provide LIAs the option of charging a $1 fee to cover their material costs. Additionally, this proposal will enable DEC’s license vendor to levy a $2 fee for licenses purchased online or by phone for which the buyer requests the license be printed and mailed. All license buyers who purchase online, by phone, via DEC’s mobile app, or in-person at an LIA will have the option to avoid the fee by choosing to receive their licenses and tags via email for free printing at home.

The full text of the proposed changes are available on DEC’s proposed regulations webpage.

DEC is interested in the viewpoints of license holders and encourages public feedback on this proposal. Comments will be accepted through Aug. 12, and can be submitted via e-mail to with the subject line “Paper license transaction fee” or via mail to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.