DEEP: FAQ - Credits for Licenses, Permits & Tags

Questions and Answers Concerning Credits for the Purchase of Fishing and Hunting Licenses, Permits and Tags
 
Why are some people eligible for a credit for the purchase of 2011 fishing and hunting licenses, permits and tags?
In April, during the 2010 session of the General Assembly, legislation was approved and signed into law reducing many of the fees for sportsmenís licenses and permits.  This was followed in June by legislation authorizing a credit to be applied against the fee for any 2011 sportsmenís license, permit or tag when purchase of any license, permit or tag for 2010 had been made while higher prices were in effect.
Who is eligible for a credit for the purchase of fishing and hunting licenses, permits and tags?
Anyone who purchased a fishing or hunting license, permit or tag while higher prices were in effect from October 1, 2009 through April 14, 2010 is eligible for a credit against the cost of purchasing any license, permit or tag for the 2011 season.
How will the amount of the credit be calculated?
The credit  will be the difference between the higher amount paid for a license, permit or tag between October 1, 2009 through April 14, 2010 and the amount set by the new fee structure established effective April 14, 2010.  For information on the difference between those fees, visit www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmensfeereduction
When can I get my credit?
You will receive your credit when you purchase a fishing or hunting license, permit or tag for the 2011 season.  Licenses, permits and tags for the 2011 season will go on sale starting December 1, 2010.
How do I obtain my credit when purchasing licenses for 2011?
To obtain your credit, you must purchase your 2011 licenses, permits and tags at DEPís main offices, 79 Elm St., Hartford, or at one of the following DEP locations:  Marine Headquarters (Old Lyme); Eastern District Headquarters (Marlborough); Western District (Harwinton); Franklin Wildlife Management Area (Franklin); Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (Burlington).  For details on the hours of operation and directions to each of these offices, please visit www.ct.gov/deep/directions
See next question for an alternative way to get your credit.
Is there a way for me to obtain my credit without having to go to a DEP office?
Yes. A mail-in option that you can use to obtain your credit will be available after December 1.  To use the mail-in option, visit www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmensfeereduction  After December 1, you will find instructions on how to obtain the amount of your credit, and a form that you must fill out and mail in.  You will also need to enclose a check for the difference between the amount of your 2011 purchases and the credit you are due for 2010 purchases.  The mail-in forms will also be available at all DEP offices starting December 1, 2010.
How can I find out how much my credit will be?
You can find out if you are eligible for a credit and how much it will be by contacting one of the DEP offices listed above or online at www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenscredit.
Can I use my credit to purchase 2011 licenses, permits or tags through the on-line sportsmenís licensing system?
No.  The on-line sportsmenís licensing system does not have the capability of applying your credit against your 2011 purchases.  To obtain your credit, you must purchase your 2011 licenses, permits or tags at a DEP location or through the mail-in option.
Can I use my credit to purchase 2011 licenses, permits or tags from a Town Clerkís office or retail vendor?
No.  Town clerks and retail vendors do not have the ability to apply your credit to the purchase of 2011 sportsmenís licenses.  To obtain your credit, you must purchase your 2011 licenses, permits or tags at a DEP location or through the mail in option.
How do I get my license if I use the mail-in form?
Seven to ten business days after you mail the form and payment to DEP, the on-line sportsmenís licensing system will be updated and you can go into the system and print your license.  You can also go to any Town Clerkís office or retail vendor and ask them to print your license.
If I do not purchase the same fishing or hunting license, permit or tag for 2011 that I did for 2010 will I get a credit for the higher price I paid between October 1, 2009 and April 14, 2010?
Yes.  The law that was passed authorized DEP to provide your 2010 credit against the purchase of any sportsmenís license, permit or tag for 2011.
Who can I call if I have additional questions regarding my credit?
Please call DEP License and Revenue at (860) 424-3105 for additional information.