Online game licenses gaining popularity
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Aug 31, 2000
Hunters and anglers in a couple of Midwestern states can now get their licenses
Iowa has unveiled a new system in which any resident with a state driver's
license can get a hunting or fishing license within 15 seconds, said Richard
Smith of the state's Department of Natural Resources' licensing bureau.
A pilot project is in place with four machines set up at retail establishments,
which sells such licenses in the state.
"It's really taking us into the 21st century," Smith said. "You just can't
do business the same old way anymore."
Smith said a bar-coded Iowa driver's license is swiped through a machine
that resembles a credit card machine, and a resident's personal information
is instantly accessed. A sale is then made, and a license is printed for
about 50 cents above the normal cost of the hunting or fishing license.
If the pilot project is successful, Iowa, which issues about 1.2 million
privileges annually, has plans to roll out 900 machines by October. Smith
said the system is more accurate, faster and less labor intensive. The project
costs about $1.1 million.
In Arkansas, residents can go to the state's Game and Fish Commission Web
site (www.agfc.com) and print out a valid hunting or fishing license anywhere
in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Users enter their personal information and choice of licenses and permits.
After entering a credit card number, a license, encoded with a unique number
verifying its authenticity, can be printed from the user's home printer.
The online program has been operational for two months, and about 1,000
hunting and fishing licenses have been purchased at the Web site.