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carry your license on your smartphone device

Hunters, anglers and trappers in South Dakota will notice when logging into their account through our online licensing system that their small game, fishing or trapping license has a bar code in the upper right hand corner. This bar code allows South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officers to electronically scan the license on smartphone devices (Android, iPhone, etc.) while in the field in lieu of a paper copy.

Before heading into the field this fall, log into your GFP account from your device to view your small game, fishing or trapping license and take a picture or screenshot of it with your device (Android, iPhone, etc.). For example, with an iPhone device, press and hold the Sleep/Wake/Power button on the top or side of the device while holding down the Home button at the same time, then immediately release. The camera should click and you can then go into the Camera or Photos app to view the screenshot of your license. Or if you have a paper copy, take a picture of the paper copy and store it in the Camera or Photos app. No matter how you capture it, please make sure to get the entire license in the photo.

This electronic version is now an acceptable method of carrying a small game, fishing or trapping license. If you choose to print and carry a paper copy of your small game, fishing or trapping license, that continues to be an allowed practice.

This does not apply to federal waterfowl stamps, tags and licenses mailed to you from the GFP licensing office. These stamps, tags and licenses must be carried with you while you are hunting and all tagging requirements apply.

Hunters, anglers and trappers, 16 years of age or older, should be prepared to provide a driver’s license, state-issued ID card or another form of valid identification upon request by a conservation officer or another law enforcement officer. This is in addition to carrying any of the above aforementioned licenses.

As technology evolves, GFP is committed to actively engaging with hunters, anglers and trappers across the state to provide them with the digital services that make it easier to do business with us. Help us out and share this information with other hunters, anglers and trappers you know.

Below are instructions when operating an iPhone 5 device. These steps will vary slightly depending on the type of smartphone or tablet device you are using.

Instructions from the GFP Hunting and Fishing App

  1. Open the GFP Hunting and Fishing App on your smartphone.
  2. Click Web Resources.
  3. Click Purchase or Apply for a License.
  4. Enter your account information and hit Log In.
  5. After reviewing your account information, click Save and Continue at the bottom.
  6. On the Main Menu screen, click View My Applications/Licenses.
  7. Click Print Small Game/Fishing Licenses – even though you are not going to print it.
  8. Then your license should appear – here is where you will take the picture.
    1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake/Power button on the top or side of your smartphone or tablet while holding down the Home button at the same time, then immediately release.
    2. Your camera should click and you can then go into your Camera or Photos app to view the screenshot of your license.

Instructions from the Internet Browser App (ex. Safari app for iPhone users):

  1. Enter gfp.sd.gov in the Search box.
  2. Click Purchase/Apply for Hunting/Fishing License.
  3. Click Small Game/Fishing Licenses at the top of the page.
  4. Enter your account information and hit Log In.
  5. After reviewing your account information, click Save and Continue at the bottom.
  6. On the Main Menu screen, click View My Applications/Licenses.
  7. Click Print Small Game/Fishing Licenses – even though you are not going to print it.
  8. Then your license should appear – here is where you will take the picture.
    1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake/Power button on the top or side of your smartphone or tablet while holding down the Home button at the same time, then immediately release.
    2. Your camera should click and you can then go into your Camera or Photos app to view the screenshot of your license.

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