DEM Announces New Website for Hunting, Fishing, Boating and Commercial Fishing Licenses and Permits

Credit to DEM/Michael Healey

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced that in February a new website named Rhode Island Outdoors (RIO) will be used for all boating permits and licenses , hunting and fishing in Rhode Island. .

RIO was developed by NIC RI, which has been designing Rhode Island websites for 20 years and has been a DEM partner since 2002. This website will be easier to use and allow users to renew licenses, permits and submit applications. beacons for hunting, trapping, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing. Eventually, NIC will add Recreational Boat Registration, Commercial Fishing Licenses, ATV/Snowmobile Registration, and Hunter Safety Program modules.

“Rhode Island Outdoors, or RIO, is a very big step forward in improving our customers’ user experience by providing all outdoor licensing and permitting options in a simple ‘one-stop-shop’ system,” said Terry Gray, acting director of DEM. “Modernizing Rhode Island’s government services is a priority for Governor McKee’s RI2030 Plan and DEM has several major initiatives underway to improve services across the department. RIO will make license renewals faster, easier and simpler. This will allow hunters, anglers and boaters to spend more time outdoors and on the water where they want to be.

“One of my first projects at NIC was working with RIDEM to offer online freshwater fishing licenses in 2004,” said NIC RI Managing Director Tom Viall. “I am delighted to be part of the new RIO system. It is truly a testament to DEM’s commitment to adopting our latest technology to continually develop and improve the services they provide to customers.

The website also allows users to automatically renew licenses and remove duplicate accounts so that no one is charged multiple times for an individual license, as well as the ability to purchase tools and equipment online within the website. one of thirty-five different bait and gun shops. One change is the ability to use your social security number to log in, it’s not required, and users can use a traditional username and password, their customer ID number, or their driver’s license number.

DEM announced that they will update their website with more information about RIO in the near future.