IDOA begins pilot program offering online license renewals

As a mostly ­regulatory state agency, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) processes more than 70,000 licenses each year for farmers, ­producers, agri­businesses and various other ­organizations. Under an ­initiative launched by Governor Bruce Rauner, all state agencies are ­looking for ways to improve the way state govern­ment meets the needs of Illinois’ ­taxpayers. With that in mind, state Ag Director Raymond Poe has directed all bureaus to develop a plan to offer online license renewals to streamline the way the Department conducts business with its ­constituents. The first bureau to undertake this pilot ­project will be the Bureau of Animal Health & Welfare.

“Businesses these days are ­looking for ways to be more ­efficient and effective with their time and resources,” said Poe. “Our goal should be to make doing ­business in the state of Illinois easier, not more difficult. Utilizing digital ­technology, we will be able to increase ­efficiencies for all ­parties, reduce costs and ­provide a positive experience for our customers.”

Beginning in late May, the Bureau mailed out renewal notices to all ­current licensees in compliance with the Illinois Animal Welfare Act. Included in the letter were instructions on how to renew a license online, as well as a sample to serve as a tutorial.

The Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare currently issues over 5,200 licenses each year in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act. The ­following licenses will be ­available for online renewal under this pilot program: Pet Shop Operator, Cattery Operator, Dog Dealer, Kennel Operator, Animal Control, Animal Shelter, Horse Rescue and Guard Dog Service.

Those wishing to renew their license may do so by visiting www.agrlicensing.Illinois.gov. A link to the site can also be found on the Department’s homepage.

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