Thingish Things

Government Efficiency

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Apr• 04•12

For the past four years I somehow have purchased a New York State fishing license online. I marvel every time I do at how extraordinarily complicated New York makes the process. This year is no exception.  Indeed, the process is so unclear now that I abandoned the effort this morning after 15 wasted minutes.  This is a work day; I will have to devote an entire Saturday to this endeavor. 

So here is my challenge to you, dear readers. See if you can get to the part on this DEC website where you input credit card information within, say, 15 minutes. Caution:  You might think you have gotten there once, twice — or even thrice — but I assure you, you have not. If anyone can do it, please let me know.  I will hold you in awe forever. 

Here is the site:  Go for it, starting…NOW!

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  1. reid says:

    Where I live, Uruguay, no fishing licenses are required. Though I think it a good idea for this land (the revenue could be used for conservation, etc), I am nevertheless relieved, as the process you find complicated in New York, would be an imposibility here.

  2. Me says:

    If you have a DEC ID, I think I can get you to the right spot in around a minute, but, my god, it truly is insane!

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