WDFW Mobile Licensing and Electronic Harvest Reporting

Rule-making status: Permanent

Rule Making Reference# P2023-01
The purpose of the proposal is to amend rules to allow for the use of electronic recreational hunting and fishing licenses through the department’s authorized mobile application and introduce electronic harvest reporting for recreational fishers.

Currently, individuals can purchase their hunting and fishing licenses at dealer locations, over the phone, and online, including by using their mobile devices. At this time, online reporting is only available for hunter harvest reports and crab catch records. With the proposed rule changes, individuals will now be able to store and display their selected recreational licenses on their mobile devices in the department’s authorized mobile application. In addition, the proposed changes to the rules will allow individuals to record and report their fish, shellfish, and game harvests through the department’s authorized mobile application from their mobile devices.

Revisions to existing rules are necessary to implement the process for possession and compliance with licensing and harvest reporting requirements using paper or electronic documentation. The department seeks to create more convenience and ease of use for individuals who wish to use their mobile devices to be able to display their fishing or hunting license as well as report their individual harvest. Furthermore, the new harvest reporting features will  allow for the prompt recording and transmission of harvest data to the department.

Public comments

To view and submit comments on this proposal, please visit the WDFW Mobile Licensing public engagement page.

You may also leave comments by sending an email to ail: mobile-licensing-102@PublicInput.com or by leaving a voicemail message at 855-925-2801 and entering project code 1366.

Comments will be accepted until the close of the comment period on October 24, 2023.

Public hearing

October 24, 2023 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom Meeting

Date of Intended Adoption: On or after November 2, 2023

For more information

Staff Contact: Shannon Smith at Shannon.smith@dfw.wa.gov

Assistance for Additional Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities Contact:
Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator  
Phone: 360-902-2349, TTY: 1-800-833-6388 OR 711  
Email: Title6@dfw.wa.gov