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Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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Bam, what a good story!! I'm gonna do it too!!
I phoned my fly shop the other day about the '07 licence and was told they hadn't arrived from the State yet AND they didn't know when they would. It was some kind of a "glitch" in the PFBC system. Anyone else have this experience?

Posted on: 2007/1/2 14:47


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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I bought my nephew his first ever fishing license on Friday December 21st. The local bait shop where I bought it told me he got the 2007 licenses on the 20th; the day before.

Maybe the "bait shops" get them before the "fly shops". ;)

Posted on: 2007/1/2 16:55


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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Lol,
I always felt duty bound to carry my license pinned to the back of my vest where it could easily be seen by a WCO until I was summoned by one, while standing in the middle of French Creek, who expected me to simply put my back to him so he could "inspect my license". So, of course, I toook the vest off while looking at him and then showed the license. The man had the good sense, and solid sensibility, to acknowledge that no one in his right mind turns his back on demand and thanked me for my courtesy. I have kept it in a vest pocket since then.
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/1/2 20:38


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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I don't carry my drivers license on stream, nor my wallet so I think having the license on you somewhere is sufficient, I can't imagine any judge giving a fine to someone who is carrying a license but not displaying it. Then again these offices are so politicized maybe he'd fine me for looking like an ex hippee.

Posted on: 2007/1/4 6:33


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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I haven’t bought my license yet, but it sounds like they are in transition to the new system. Last one I bought (2006) they were still using carbon paper. As much as I enjoy shooting the breeze with the old lady at Trader Horn while she transcribes my info into a license booklet, its not particularly efficient. I may think it quaint, but the guy in line behind me thinks it archaic. It’s also labor intensive to file and difficult to track down a license number. The new system should streamline the process immensely; swipe your drivers license, give them your SSN and pay, probably with a credit card.

Since the PGC and PFBC are merging their licensing system, its unclear what the final product will be. With on line sales for example, you can instantly print multiple fishing license but you get only one hunting license, by snail mail. Hunters would like back up copies too. And a hunting license is valid Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 while fishing license go by calendar year. The license display regulations are similar but slightly different as well. It remains do be seen how they sort out the differences.

However, when the smoke clears, they’ll have much better demographic data on us. Maybe better marketing will stem the slide in sales.

Posted on: 2007/1/6 1:40


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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I remember buying my license last year and the being kinda suprised that they asked me for my SSN# when filling out the application. I do not like giving out my SSN to anyone and can not figure out why the state needs it to sell me a fishing license. I refused to give to the gentleman selling it to me and he smiled and said he did the same.

I think that my DL # and name should give them all the info they need.

My rant o the day

Posted on: 2007/1/6 16:33


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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When I got my '07 license a few days ago, the agent never asked me for a SSN, he simply wrote refused in the blank on the license. Works for me.

Oh, and the trout stamp would look better colored in.

Posted on: 2007/1/6 19:05


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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When I got my license I also asked about the Social Security number. The guy said it's optional, not required. So I opted to leave that line blank.

If you haven't bought your license yet, remember, you don't have to give out your SS#.

Posted on: 2007/1/6 19:13


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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The SS# thing is actually both a Federal and State law so it is NOT optional. They use the information so they can suspend the license privileges of dead beat parents. So I guess if you are a non-parent like me you're being penalized for the inaction of others.

The PFBC says "they MAY take appropriate action if the Commission feels the information given is not accurate" which to me sounds like they could care less. When I bought my 2004 licence at the PA Farm Show at the PFBC booth; a snappily attired WCO or other law enforcement official took my info and DIDN'T EVEN ASK FOR THE SS#. I hung around for a while and saw a few other folks buy licenses and the same thing happened so I guess the WCO's feel the same way we do.

Here's the link to the OFFICAL position on SS# from the PFBC.

BTW, you can always accidentally make a mistake and give them the wrong SS#. I heard about that happening...some guy I know upstate did that...once, twice, maybe a few other times but I'm not sure...I'll have to call him and ask him.

Posted on: 2007/1/6 19:34


Re: Don't Forget Your 2007 License

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I agree with everybody about not giving out your SSN, but according to the PGC:

“One of the key benefits of POS will be the issuing of a permanent, unique customer identification number.  Once implemented, this provision will eliminate the need for license buyers to provide their Social Security number beyond the first year of the individual purchasing a license.”

Here’s a link to the full article:
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=170033

I just hope they keep their database secure, because now our license number will be tied to tons of personal information and we’ll be walking around display it on our hats, vests or middle of our backs for everybody to see.

Posted on: 2007/1/6 21:32



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