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Marine District Party & Charter Boat License

License Details

The Party and Charter Boat License allows the license holder to carry recreational fishing passengers for hire on a registered vessel or to land fish taken by recreational fishing passengers outside the territorial waters of the state.



Age Requirement

Applicants 18 years old or under must have application signed and notarized by parent or legal guardian.

Permit Duration

Permit expires December 31 of each year.

How to Apply

DEC's Marine Permit Office is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Please send all applications by mail and contact the Marine Permit Office with question or concerns by calling 631-444-0470 or email

  • You may contact the Marine Permit Office and request an application be mailed to you.
  • An online application (PDF) is also available for you to download.
  • Include copies of your valid U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License, the vessel state registration or U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Documentation of the vessel identified on the party and charter boat license, and the Captain's Licenses for all individuals who may operate the vessel.
  • If your vessel carries over six (6) passengers, please include a copy of U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Vessel Inspection.
  • Complete the application and submit it, the required documents and the license fee to the Marine Permit Office at the address below.

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the permit expiration date. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2-weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us at the address or number below.

Annual Reporting

The license holder must submit vessel trip reports (VTRs) monthly to DEC (or NMFS if a federal permit holder).

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Part 40: Marine Fish (leaves DEC website)

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

To find a law click on the link, click on ENV, find Article 13, click on the appropriate law.

Fishing Limits

Recreational harvest limits for marine fish are available at: Saltwater Fishing Regulations - Recreational

Federal For-hire Vessel Permitting and Reporting

If you are a for-hire captain fishing in federal waters (3-200 miles offshore) for one of the species listed below, you must have a valid Greater Atlantic region Vessel Charter/ Party Permit. Vessel operators are also required to have a Federal Vessel Operator Permit.

  • Summer Flounder
  • Black Sea Bass
  • Scup
  • Bluefish
  • Atlantic Mackerel
  • Squid
  • Bluefish
  • Lobster
  • Butterfish
  • Lobster Golden Tilefish (North of NCNA border)
  • Blueline Tilefish (North of NCNA border)
  • New England Groundfish including cod, haddock, pollack, hakes and flounders (i.e.,"Northeast mutispecies")

However, if you have a Northeast Multispecies limited Access Permit, you do not need the Northeast Multispeices Charter/Party Permit to carry passengers for hire on groundfish trips. For more information visit NOAA Fisheries Vessel and Dealer Permitting website (link leaves DEC website).

For-hire Vessel Trip Reporting

Once you have a federal permit, you must report your catch.

  • If you only have a groundfish permit, you must submit vessel trip reports weekly, either electronically or by paper.
  • If you have a for-hire permit for any other species listed above, you must submit vessel trip reports electronically within 48 hours of the end of your for-hire trip.

Contact Information

Marine Permit Office - Division of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, New York 11733
Phone: 631-444-0470

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