For decades, hunting and fishing licenses expired each year on June 30 regardless of the date of purchase, and customers had to pay full price regardless of when they purchased a license. This has been a constant complaint among residents. In just a few days, that will change.
Beginning on June 1, 2022, recreational licenses purchased on or after June 1, 2022, will be valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. These licenses will no longer follow the July 1-June 30 year.
Several people expressed their reactions to the change via Facebook. Among comments like “Finally!!!,” and “Welcome to the 22nd Century,” some people commented that they were unhappy with the change. One person complained that “This is just going to make it harder to remember when to renew,” to which another person responded that it would make it easier for game wardens to write tickets.
The LDWF has thought of that too, and is excited to offer an auto renew option for online license sales. This will allow individuals to store their payment information in the system and elect to have their license(s) renew automatically every year. No more expired license(s) – and one less thing on your to-do list! The system will send a notification email ahead of the renewal date, so you will have the chance to opt out prior to being charged.
Also, if you install the Louisiana Wallet app on your smartphone, you can check the expiration date on your hunting and fishing licenses with one click.
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