AUGUSTA, Maine - The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's electronic licensing system has turned 100. MOSES, The Maine Online Sportsman's Electronic System, now has 103 agents using the web-based licensing system that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"This is a great example of how technology benefits our customers," said Roland D. Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "MOSES combines greater availability with greater efficiency."
License agents throughout the state, including 94 towns are using MOSES. The MOSES system is quicker to use, and eliminates the storage of thousands of paper licenses at each agent. For individual users, you can purchase and print your Maine license from any computer that is linked to the Internet, anytime. The online licensing system is always open, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The online sales of licenses currently numbers approximately 150,000 a year, which is one third of the department's yearly license sales. Expectations are that next year at this time, online sales will be at least 50% of the total. This includes Internet sales as well as online agents. At this point last year, there were only 10 agents online.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in conjunction with InforMe, Maine's self-funded web portal, and MCI, one of the worlds largest communications companies, worked together to design and construct MOSES. Now not only can you purchase your license online, but you can print it out, and use it immediately. MOSES enables the Department to provide consumers convenient one-stop shopping for all license types and registrations along with improved auditing and enforcement.
In addition to MOSES, there are over 1,000 agents statewide that sell Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife licenses, including town offices, Wal-Mart, sporting good stores and others.
Currently, in conjunction with InformMe, the department provides over 50 online services to customers. Online sales lead to direct savings to the state and to license holders due to increased efficiency. In person and phone requests for permit applications have dropped. Data entry, manual fulfillment and scanning of licenses have dropped significantly. Staff time and processing delays have been reduced for the any deer, turkey and moose lotteries. Mailing costs have been reduced. Counter and mail license sales have been reduced dramatically since online service has expanded as well.
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