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PFBC removes visible license requirement

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has removed regulations that required anglers to constantly display their license on an outer garment.

The Commission met on Wednesday and made the change.

“Under the amendment to Section 63.2 (PA Title 58), the outer garment display requirement will be replaced with a general possession requirement,” according to a statement from the Commission, “which would require only that an angler carry the license on their person while fishing and present the license to a PFBC law enforcement officer upon request.”

“With this change, we’re making things more convenient for our anglers,” Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director said. “By allowing people to simply carry their license in a pocket or in their wallet, rather than pinning it to an outer garment, we hope to hear about fewer licenses being lost and the cost associated with replacing them.

“It also provides greater consistency with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s hunting license display requirement, so it should prevent any further confusion among hunters and anglers.”

According to Schaeffer, there’s nothing that prohibits anglers from continuing to display licenses on an outer garment.

The PFBC also explained that when anglers purchase a license online they can download an electronic version that can be saved and re-printed in the event of loss.

Further, it notes that the “regulation change is not immediate” and requires publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

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