Promoting the idea as “one-stop shopping” to encourage tourism, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed moving the function of issuing sporting licenses — hunting, fishing, etc. — to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In his 2014 State of the State address, delivered Jan. 8, Cuomo displayed a prototype of the new license, a driver’s license with icons to denote additional endorsements for park access, bowhunting, sportsman (combined hunting and fishing) fishing, muzzle loading, trapping and boater safety.
The optional icons will be for individuals who purchase lifetime designations in each licensed area, including the newly created Empire Passport, which gives holders access to 179 state parks, 55 forest preserve areas, as well as to boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves.
With this plan, New Yorkers will be able to apply for all licenses through the DMV portal, avoiding the need to deal with different agencies and carry multiple documents.
Cuomo touted the state’s successful efforts at increasing tourism in the Upstate areas with a $40 million marketing campaign. According to Cuomo, tourism spending has increased $4 billion, which is nearly double the national rate of growth. An additional 25,000 jobs have been added in the New York State tourism industry.