Q: I printed off game tags and licence summaries for my husband and me, and wondered if, because they are now paper printouts, I could laminate them? I went to Service Ontario and got two different responses.
–Anita Watts, Peterborough
Plastic resealable bags recommended
A: We recommend using plastic resealable bags or plastic tag holders to protect paper licence summaries and tags. Licence summaries and tags may be laminated, provided the lamination does not interfere with the person’s responsibility to ensure the product remains intact and legible (including the QR code) and does not interfere with the ability to invalidate the tag (i.e. notching).
However, depending on the quality of the laminating machine, lamination does not always fully seal and once the tag is notched the lamination is compromised, which could let dirt and/or water in.
–David Critchlow (Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)
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Originally published in the Fall 2019 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.