In May 2003, Alabama replaced its paper-based hunting and fishing licensing process by launching the nation’s first Web-based system to allow approved licensing retailers to sell outdoor licenses electronically. Since then, more than 190,000 hunting and fishing licenses have been processed through the service, which is essentially a hardware-neutral interface that is accessible through a basic Internet connection.
“We are very pleased with the recognition of our point-of-sale service by the E-Gov Institute,” said M. Barnett Lawley, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “The program has contributed to significant cost savings in the agency and for our retailer partners. We’ve been able to realign some of our staff from the tedious paper processing to better serve our constituents.”
The E-Gov Institute serves as an educational resource to those providing electronic government services. More than 160 electronic government projects were reviewed, and Alabama was one of two states to receive a Pioneer Award.
The system was developed at no cost to the state and is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the Alabama Department of Conservation, the Information Services Division, Wal-Mart Stores, and Alabama Interactive. The user-friendly system has generated more than $200,000 in direct cost savings for the state and eliminated thousands of labor hours for Wal-Mart and other retail licensing agents in the state.
“We congratulate our partners in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on winning a Pioneer Award,” said Winn McInnis, general manager of Alabama Interactive. “They used technology to find a better way to sell outdoor licenses, and Alabama’s outdoorspeople and retail licensing agents are the beneficiaries of this great system.”
More information about this and other Alabama eGovernment initiatives is available at www.alabama.gov.
About the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources operations include the administration, management and maintenance of 24 state parks, 23 public fishing lakes, three freshwater fish hatcheries, 34 wildlife management areas, two waterfowl refuges, two wildlife sanctuaries, 645,000 acres of trust lands and a mariculture center with 35 ponds. The major goal of the Department is to promote the statewide stewardship and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources for current and future generations.
About Alabama Interactive
Alabama Interactive is the official eGovernment solutions provider for the state of Alabama. The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC.