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Fees going down for Georgia hunting, fishing licenses

From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

-- Some of the transaction fees for Georgia's recreational licenses are being reduced. The internet transaction fee is going from $2.75 to $2.50 and the in-store transaction fee goes from $3.25 to $3.  The telephone transaction fee will increase from $4 to $5.  Fee changes go into effect Jan. 3.

Two years ago, hunters and anglers were introduced to a new system for purchasing their recreational licenses including internet transactions, telephone transactions and in store transactions.  This new system incorporated transaction fees for purchases.  Fees are applied to each transaction, not each individual license, unless purchased at different times.  

License buyers also should remember to take advantage of a special discount of $2.75 on transactions if an annual license or a 2-year license is renewed before it expires.

"Per our agreement with the license vendor that we would be able to reduce the amount of transaction fees for internet transactions, we were able to determine that a reduction in fees would come at a future date," says Michael Spencer, Supervisor of the Division License and Boat Registration Unit.

"The time is now. There is a transaction fee reduction for both internet and in-store purchase of hunting and fishing licenses."

Licenses can be purchased online www.georgiawildlife.com, at an authorized retail license agent  or by phone  at (800)366-2661. Find a list of retail agents at www.georgiawildlife.com.

All licenses that currently are free continue to be free and do not require a transaction fee.  This includes Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) licenses, deer harvest records, senior licenses (65 and older) and honorary licenses.  Persons without credit cards will find most retail locations take cash for transactions.  Also, a prepaid credit card may be purchased at a variety of locations and used to complete transactions over the internet or telephone.

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