ODFW switching to smartphones for licenses, tags

ODFW said the new system will save the agency about $1.4 million a year.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 8:12 AM

OREGON – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is making it easier for hunters and anglers to buy licenses and tags. Soon, they will be able to do it online.

There will also be an app that will allow them to use smartphones to tag animals like salmon, steelhead, halibut, deer and others that require tagging.

ODFW said the change will save the agency about $1.4 million a year, in part because the licenses and tags won’t be printed on special paper.

The current system handles about 2.2 million transactions a year.

ODFW said the new system will involve change for everyone, including customers, agents, and the agency. They said it will create a better experience and be more efficient for customers.

The system is currently still being designed and implemented but is scheduled to go live in December when ODFW starts selling licensing and tags for 2019. The current system will be used until November.

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