CARSON CITY - Hunters and Hunter Education course graduates who need copies of their Hunter Education certificates will no longer need to make a trip to a Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) office or mail in their requests for duplicates. Beginning Oct. 1, just in time for the start of fall hunting seasons, sportsmen and women who need a copy of their Nevada Hunter Education certificate can print a duplicate online for free.

The new free service replaces the old duplicate process which required a visit to an NDOW office during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed holidays) or a mailed written request, each with a $3 fee attached. In contrast, the new service is available 24/7/365 and requires the duplicate seeker simply access their client record on file at NDOW Licensing (ndowlicensing.com), verify and update their personal information (mailing address, phone number, email address, etc.) and print their duplicate certificate. Customers can also access the duplicate service via the NDOW website at ndow.org by clicking on the "Buy a License" box on the homepage.

The new online service has the added benefit of freeing NDOW licensing staff from the often time consuming task of researching hunter education records and class rosters and affords them more time to provide better customer service on core duties such as licensing and boat registration.

"The new service should be a big help to hunters and NDOW staff alike," said John McKay, NDOW Hunter Education administrator. "Hunters often find they need a duplicate Hunter Education certificate at odd hours or on weekends when our offices are closed. I've had hunters actually contact me while on the road to a hunt after they've realized they need a copy of their certificate to purchase their hunting license and I haven't been able to help them. Now they'll be able to go online and get their required proof of Hunter Ed whenever or where ever they need it."