Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Licenses will be available March 1

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio's 2012-13 fishing, hunting and trapping licenses and permits will be on sale starting March 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

"Ohio's new license sales system performed very well in its inaugural year," said Scott Zody, chief of the Division of Wildlife. "Customer identification (ID) numbers should be used whenever possible to help streamline the license purchasing process. People can find the number at the top of last year's license."

Licenses purchased online or at retail outlets will be printed on paper that can be folded down to credit card size, but will not be waterproof and must be protected. Licenses and permits will be printed along with additional information relevant to the license or permit purchased.

Each license buyer must have a Social Security Number (SSN) recorded in the system. People who purchased licenses last year can now use their customer ID number and will not have to supply their SSN again.

SSNs are required to purchase a recreational license, regardless of age, for the purpose of child support collection enforcement under Federal Statute 42. As a recreational license provider, the Division of Wildlife is obligated to comply with this law and cannot issue a license or permit without the SSN of the purchaser. The division will see that a proper security system is in place to protect SSNs and any databases that contain them.

The license will be valid March 1 through Feb. 28, 2013. The 2011-12 licenses will expire on Feb. 29. Licenses and permits can be purchased online at and at hundreds of agent outlets throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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