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Ask Fish and Game

Q. Why do I have to give my Social Security number when I just want to buy a hunting or fishing license?

A. We have to have the Social Security number because it is an Idaho law. Idaho Code, Section 73-122 states "the social security number of an applicant shall be recorded on any application for a professional, occupational, and recreational license."

This law has been in effect for several years and has been unpopular with many Fish and Game license buyers. At least one Idaho legislator has vowed to try to exempt Fish and Game licenses from the law in a coming session of the legislature, something you might want to watch for and support.