Say “Goodbye” to those Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses that look like a cash register receipt. In fact, the whole license buying experience is becoming more streamlined and convenient. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has engaged a new company, Brandt Information Services, to handle its license services. Brandt has some new features to offer Tennessee sportsmen.
The new license itself will be printed on standard-sized 8½ by 11-inch paper. Licenses can be purchased at any time of day on smart phones, home computers or any mobile device. License agencies and TWRA regional offices will continue to sell licenses, too. Once a license is purchased, verification emails will be sent to license buyers regardless of where the purchase was made. The sportsmen can store this emailed certification on mobile devices and use that information as proof of purchase. If a license is lost, a sportsman can print a new copy without delay and at no cost.
Hunters and anglers will also be able to purchase license packages, which will help simplify the buying process when multiple licenses or permits are needed for a certain species. For instance, dove hunters need a small game license and a migratory bird permit; waterfowlers hunting on TWRA wildlife management areas often need a couple of licenses and/or a WMA permit. License purchases can still be done a la carte. The TWRA’s new vendor is providing a shopping cart experience similar to numerous online sites.
Florida-based Brandt Information Services came to the TWRA highly recommended by wildlife agencies in Georgia, Florida and Virginia. About 75 percent of Tennessee’s 1,200 license agencies will begin using the new system immediately.