DEC Launches New Fishing and Hunting Licensing System - The Fisherman

DEC Launches New Fishing and Hunting Licensing System

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced the launch of the State’s new system for the sale of fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses. The new DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) includes user-friendly information to help users locate vendors, receive instant copies of a license, enter and view harvest information, and more.

The new automated DECALS licensing system makes it simpler than ever before for New Yorkers to purchase fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses from the comfort of their homes, either over the phone or online. DEC is committed to improving outdoor enthusiasts’ experiences from start to finish, and the new DECALS is one of the many ways New York will continue to meet the needs of our sporting community so they can focus on enjoying the abundant fishing and hunting opportunities available throughout the state.

As the system’s new features are updated, additional functionality launching on DECALS will include: Events calendar with upcoming season dates, youth hunts, free fishing days and clinics, and more; Full integration with DEC’s Hunter Education Program enabling users to more easily register for courses and automatically update certifications; and

Auto-renewal options for all annual licenses.

Users can access DECALS by phone and online. New York State’s 1,100 license issuing agents are expected to be up and running on the new DECALS system soon, so contact local agents before heading out to purchase licenses in person. Call DEC’s customer service hotline (866-933-2257) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to the DECALS website and buy licenses online.

Please note that previous DECALS logins will not work in the new system. To access current accounts, click on the ‘Sign Up’ link on the new DECALS website and use date of birth and DEC customer ID number or a driver’s license number to locate existing files and create a new login. Please call DEC’s customer service line at 866-933-2257 with any questions.