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News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462


For Release:

May 25, 2000

Media Contact:

Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM OFFERS BOAT REGISTRATION FORMS, COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE APPLICATIONS ON LINE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced that boat registration forms and applications for commercial fishing licenses can now be downloaded from DEM's website, www.dem.state.ri.us. Information on boat registration requirements, commercial fishing license requirements, boating safety, and marine pumpout locations are also available, as are forms for registering outboard motors. The forms are for both new and renewal applications.

"Although the completed forms must still be mailed or brought to DEM's boat registration and licensing office, website availability will save time for applicants who otherwise would visit the office to pick up the forms," said Glenn Miller, DEM Chief of Management Services. The office registers more than 38,000 boats and licenses more than 4,300 commercial fishermen. Commercial fishing licenses must be renewed by June 30.

"License renewal forms have been sent to all commercial fishermen, and can be mailed back to DEM," said Margaret McGrath, head of the license and registration office. "However, many commercial fishermen traditionally renew their licenses in person, and lines in the office can be long, just at the time of year when people are anxious to get their boats in the water. Boaters who have not renewed their registrations by mail are apt to come into the office to re-register right before the Fourth of July holiday weekend. They might find it easier and more convenient, if they have misplaced the renewal form sent by us in December, to download the registration form from our website now and send it in. They can expect to receive their new registration within two weeks."

Miller noted, "This is the second step DEM has taken to make registration easier for the boating public. Last year, boat registration changed from a yearly renewal process to a two-year renewal, cutting by half the number of registrations due in each year. Since there are more than 38,000 boats registered in the state, the process change has made a big difference."

DEM is working with the Department of Administration on legislation that would allow for electronic payment of boat registration and commercial licensing fees. If adopted, it would open the door to expanding the department's services to allow for on-line registration and licensing.


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