BISMARCK — North Dakota anglers, trappers and spring light goose hunters need new licenses for the 2017-18 season starting Saturday, April 1, and license buyers who use the Game and Fish Department’s website will notice a new look to the online licensing system.
The online system allows customers to buy, renew or apply for licenses. New licenses are available today, both online and at more than 140 vendors throughout the state.
In a news release, Game and Fish said hunters and anglers who have purchased licenses in the past should find their information in the new online system. If prior information isn’t found, or if the information — such as boat registrations or bonus points — seems incorrect, customers should contact the department at (701) 328-6335.
Brian Hosek, Game and Fish IT supervisor, said the new system, which has been in place since December, has met expectations and is working well.
“The majority of users, such as people renewing their boat registrations, and spring turkey applicants, have experienced a smooth transition, but with a major overhaul like this we expect some issues to arise that need to be worked out,” Hosek said. “We ask anyone who experiences a technical issue to contact the department so we can help them work through it.”
Help and tutorial links are available on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov, highlighting the changes to the online system. Some benefits of the new system include:
- Customers can view licenses, lottery applications and results, bonus points, boat registration, magazine and calendar orders, and more, all in one place.
- Address information is stored (and may be updated), so license buyers no longer need to re-enter personal information each time they buy a license or fill out an application.
- Replacement hunter education cards can be printed directly from the user’s account page.
- Email and text notification preferences can be managed from the account page.
- Customers can purchase and renew subscriptions to the Game and Fish Department’s North Dakota Outdoors magazine and buy calendars online.
- Mobile friendly, making it easier to conduct business on a smartphone.
Some license buyers also will notice the vendor service fee has changed. In the past, vendors could charge a 50-cent service fee on a license purchase, but the 2017 North Dakota Legislature changed that to allow vendors the option of adding a 3 percent service fee to the total transaction.
The service fee does not apply to license purchases or applications made through the Game and Fish Department’s website.
The 2017-18 small game, fishing and furbearer licenses are effective from April 1 to March 31, 2018.