Game and Fish credit card processing fees beginning Jan. 1, 2019 season


Beginning in 2019,

all Wyoming Game and Fish Department

credit card transactions will be charged

a 2.5 percent processing fee on the total

purchase. This fee is to offset credit card

processing costs and applies to applications,

licenses, stamps and purchases made

through Game and Fish online or at the

headquarters and regional offices, including

the Game and Fish gift shop.

The new, non-refundable processing

fee was approved by the Game and Fish

Commission in July after reviewing several

options and hearing input from the

public.

Fees related to credit card processing

for hunting applications, license sales and

refunds cost Game and Fish $1.8 million

a year from its operating fund. These processing

costs are not covered by the application

fee, which goes to help pay for

wildlife damages per state law.

“The new 2.5 percent processing fee

will offset the costs charged to Game and

Fish for accepting credit cards. Game and

Fish will not profit from this fee,” said Greg

Phipps, Game and Fish chief of the fiscal

division. “This was an issue the Wyoming

Game and Fish Commission addressed to

reduce administrative costs and will maximize

resources to support wildlife.”

To further reduce administrative costs

and reduce confusion, all nonresident preference

point applications for elk, deer and

antelope will now be submitted only during

July through October. This is a change

from before where hunters could apply for

preference points with their hunting license

applications. Moose and sheep points will

still be awarded to both resident and nonresident

unsuccessful applicants after the

draw.

The 2.5 percent credit card fee is not applied

to license or stamp purchases made at

authorized license selling agents. The fee

will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.


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