New Yorkers can merge lifetime recreation or sporting licenses with their state driver’s license, creating a new all-in-one card, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
State residents who purchase a lifetime sporting license or complete boating safety certification training can have “adventure” icons on their driver’s license, rather than a separate card.
“We will offer lifetime state passes/licenses to current annual license holders,” Cuomo said during a news conference at the Capitol. “It will actually save money in the long run for the person buying the annual passes, and it will generate significant revenue for the state.”
People who already have a lifetime sporting license or boating certificate can choose to get a new driver’s license immediately through the Department of Motor Vehicles for a $12.50 fee. There would be no charge for licenses up for renewal.
The initiative is part of a push by Cuomo to promote tourism in upstate New York. People who register for a lifetime hunting or fishing license or parks pass this year would also receive a free custom license plate advertising the tourism industry.
People can choose from nine different plates personalized to include a photo of a fish, deer or other animal, along with special backgrounds and I LOVE NY slogans.
Tourism is a $100 billion industry in New York and the fifth largest employer in the state, Cuomo said.
“When it comes to tourism, we are trying to attract those 50 million tourists that are visiting New York City … and attracting them north. Hunting and fishing is one of the things that does that,” he said. “This is about generating revenue for the state.”