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New NY law allows for lifetime license transfers

From New York State Dept of Environmental Conservation

-- A New York state law now allows for the one-time transfer of lifetime hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses under certain circumstances. Previously, lifetime licenses could not be transferred to another individual, regardless of the situation.

Under the new law, lifetime sporting licenses may be transferred to a qualifying relative if the lifetime license holder passes away within one year of license purchase or if the license holder passes away while on active duty in the United States military during a time of war.

The new law, which became effective Jan.15, stipulates that lifetime licenses may be transferred if the person to whom the license was issued dies within one year of the issuance of the license, the person to whom the license is to be transferred is a legal New York State resident and would otherwise be eligible to purchase the license, and the person to whom the license is to be transferred is a parent, sibling, child or spouse of the license holder.

Application for transfer of the lifetime license must be made within three years of the issuance of the license, except in the case of lifetime license holders who die while serving in the active United States military, naval or air services during a period of war.

Lifetime license transfer requests must be made by the personal representative of the decedent's estate. Because of the effective date of the new law, for non-military-related transfer requests, lifetime licenses must have been issued on or after Jan. 15, 2008, with a three month grace period for transfer applications.

For more information on requests and copies of supporting documents for applying for Lifetime License Transfer contact DEC's License Sales Unit at (518)402-8843.

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