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DNRE Begins Overhaul of License-Buying Experience with E-License Upgrades

Feb. 22, 2011
Those who buy hunting, fishing and ORV licenses and snowmobile trail permits online will soon see improvements to the E-License system (, as the Department of Natural Resources and Environment begins revamping the license-buying experience with upgrades to E-License.
The DNRE – in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and in partnership with HP Enterprise Services – is upgrading E-License’s hardware and software to modernize the 16-year-old license-buying system. Starting with the new license year on March 1, improvements to the system’s look and feel will include easy-to-read onscreen displays, item selection layout grouped by species with expandable categories, larger font and compatibility with currently available readers for the visually impaired.
“These enhancements are part of our renewed focus on improving customer service, and will make it easier for the online user to quickly find a license or application. The behind-the-scenes upgrades will enable us to deliver licenses reliably to Michigan citizens well into the future,” said Department of Natural Resources Director-Designate Rodney Stokes. “We had the first automated license-buying system in the U.S. when we launched the current system in 1995, and now it’s time to renovate it with new technology.”
Online buying on E-License will be unavailable on the morning of Feb. 24 and will resume at noon that day. Customers will be able to buy licenses at any retail agent without interruption.
“This is an important first step in making it easier for our customers to get out and enjoy Michigan’s natural resources, and we have many more improvements planned over the next five years,” said Stokes. “Next up are improvements to license-buying hardware and software in our retail locations.”
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