AUGUSTA – Who, or what, is MOSES? And why is he, or it, so popular?

MOSES is an “it” – and after five years this online system continues to gain popularity as the preferred method to purchase licenses and registrations from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and its 236 affiliated agents statewide.

In 2007, approximately 98,000 hunting and fishing licenses were sold online or roughly 20 percent of the annual license sales.

That was a 23 percent increase over the approximately 80,000 licenses purchased online in 2006.

By offering customers the choice of purchasing their license online, the Department is providing a tremendous time-saving resource to outdoors enthusiasts, according to Commissioner Roland “Dan” Martin.

Customers have the convenience of buying their license from home at any time of the day or night, being able to immediately print out their license, and being able to go online and print out additional copies whenever they need one.

Besides saving people time, it saves the Department money, Commissioner Martin said.

“When our customers buy their licenses and registrations over the Internet or at one of our many MOSES agents, they are helping the Department to save the direct costs associated with manual paper licenses and registrations,” Martin said.

“These savings then can be applied to the important job of managing our fish and wildlife reserves.”

Recently several high-volume licensing agents came online with MOSES, according to Bill Swan, Director of Licensing Services.

Indian Hill Trading Post in Greenville, the Department’s fourth-largest license agent, selling more than 4,000 licenses annually, signed on to MOSES in February.

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