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***This news release was updated on January 15, 2021 to reflect new infomation***

Beginning on January 15, 2021, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) began the transition to a new online licensing system,  At this time, some users may experience technical difficulties processing certain transactions.  If you experience problems while using the site, please call the helpdesk at 800-838-4431. If you are unable to access the site and would like to buy a license by phone, please call the PFBC at (877) 707-4085.


​HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 5) – Anglers and boaters should be aware that beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12 through approximately 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System (PALS) for purchasing fishing licenses will be unavailable. 

The temporary shutdown is necessary to complete an upgrade to a new licensing system.  More information on the new, more-user-friendly system will be available once the process has been completed.

In anticipation of this scheduled maintenance period, anyone planning to participate in 2021 fishing and boating activities while PALS is unavailable should purchase their licenses and permits prior to January 12 through The Outdoor Shop (, the FishBoatPA mobile app, or by visiting a retail license issuing agent. 

While PALS is inactive, fishing license sales will be temporarily available for purchase by phone.  For purchase-by-phone information, customers should visit the "Buy a License" section of beginning on January 12. 

Hunting licenses will also be unavailable while the PALS system is inactive, and customers should refer to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website for more information.


Media Contact:
Mike Parker
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

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