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IMPORTANT: NEW ONLINE SYSTEM FOR PESTICIDE LICENSE RENEWAL In August, MDAR mailed out 9,400 informational letters to pesticide applicators. This letter describes the Department’s new online examination and licensing system and the functions it performs. The new system is known as the Environmental Information and Public Access System or EIPAS. The informational letter was accompanied by a PIN or Link Letter that provided instructions on how applicators needed to create an online account on the Commonwealth’s ePLACE Portal and using the unique codes, provided in the PIN letters, link their existing pesticide examination and licensing records to their new ePLACE accounts. Calendar Year 2018 Online Renewals now underway The Department will use the new online system this fall to process Calendar Year 2018 Renewals. At this point, the Depart- ment is working to assist applicators to complete the following:  Create online ePLACE accounts and link them to existing pesticide applicator records; and  Complete online pesticide applicator renewals for Calendar Year 2018. Need a PIN / Link Letter? Individuals that have yet to set up their ePLACE Account and need PIN / Link Letter should contact by email Sandra Payne at sandra.payne@state.ma.us or by phone at (617) 626-1720. Please provide your complete name, address, license number, email address, and telephone number. If you have NOT already done so, please create a new account on the ePLACE Portal and use the PIN or Link letter provided by MDAR to link your pesticide records. EEA ePLACE Portal ➤ https://permitting.state.ma.us/citizenaccess/ Please be careful to record your password, user name, and security questions to avoid problems logging into the new account. Bear in mind that passwords and answers to security questions are case sensitive and must match exactly what you provided when you created the account or you will NOT be allowed to login. After you create the new ePLACE Portal account and link it to your records, please click on the “Renew Authorization” hyperlink to initiate the renewal process (see image below). Commercial pesticide applicators must be sure to have the required Certificate of Insurance (.pdf file) available to upload into the system when prompted. Need help with your ePLACE Portal account? For technical assistance in using the ePLACE Portal, please call the ePLACE Help Desk Team at (844) 733-7522. 14 MAA NEWS / GROWS Edition 2017