STATEWIDE — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced last month it would, as of Jan. 1, 2017, no longer accept cash at regional counters for fishing license purchases.
DFW’s new no-cash policy was instituted to cut down costs and improve efficiency, according to state officials.
Payments can only be made with check, money order or a debit/credit card with the Visa or MasterCard logo in front.
“This ‘no-cash policy’ will improve customer and employee safety, department efficiency, customer service and provide cost savings,” DFW staff stated. “Accepting cash payments is costly in both the staff time it takes to process and in armored car services.”
Local sales agents will continue to accept cash for DFW transactions. Authorized local sales agent locations can be found on the DFW website.