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Marine Permits and Licenses

Commercial fishermen and shellfish harvesters in New York are required by law to hold specific licenses or permits to conduct fishing activities. These licenses and permits are issued by the Marine Permit Office (MPO) in the Division of Marine Resources.

The DEC Division of Marine Resources headquarters has moved to a new location in Kings Park, Suffolk County, NY:

DEC Division of Marine Resources
123 Kings Park Blvd.
(Nissequogue River State Park)
Kings Park, New York 11754

At this time, we recommend that you make an appointment for assistance in the Marine Permit Office, contact 631-444-0470 or email MPO@dec.ny.gov.

License & Permits Requirements

Please refer to the list below for specific requirements and fees for each license or permit. Some permits may no longer be available to new applicants and can only be renewed by current permit holders. For Limited Entry Permits, applicants need to meet specific qualifications before they can submit an application. See Application Instructions below for further details.

Shellfish Permits
License/Permit Fee Additional Requirements
Shellfish Digger Resident Permit $50 Proof of domicile in New York, Shellfish Supplementary Form
Shellfish Digger Non-Resident Permit $150 Shellfish Supplementary Form
Shellfish Digger Endorsement (vessel 40 ft or less) $50 Vessel registration or USCG documentation
Shellfish Digger Endorsement (vessel greater than 40 ft) $100 Vessel registration or USCG documentation
Blue Mussel None Only issued to holders of a shellfish diggers permit.
Surfclam/Ocean Quahog None Only issued to holders of a shellfish diggers permit.
CLASS A - Shellfish Shipper $300 HACCP training, HACCP plan, facility inspection and additional approvals from Shellfish Inspection Unit
CLASS B - Shellfish Processor $600 HACCP training, HACCP plan, facility inspection and additional approvals from Shellfish Inspection Unit
CLASS C - Shellfish Reshipper $200 HACCP training, HACCP plan, facility inspection and additional approvals from Shellfish Inspection Unit
CLASS D - Shellfish Digger/Shipper $75 HACCP training, HACCP plan, facility inspection and additional approvals from Shellfish Inspection Unit
CLASS E - Bay Scallop Shucker-Packer $50 HACCP training, HACCP plan, facility inspection and additional approvals from Shellfish Inspection Unit
Finfish Licenses
License/Permit Fee Additional Requirements
Food Fishing Resident License (Limited Entry) $250 For information on eligibility criteria for limited entry permits, please call 631-444-0455. Reporting required.
Food Fishing Non-Resident License (Limited Entry) $1,250 May be obtained only in the month of January in any given year. Reporting required.
Food Fish Landing License $500 Reporting required.
Marine Bait Permit $50 Reporting required.
Food Fish and Crustacea Dealers and Shippers $250 Dealer Status Form
Hudson River Marine Permit Varies Application for Hudson River Marine Permit (PDF, 84 KB). Reporting required.
Delaware River Eel Permit Varies Reporting required.
Crustacea Permits
License/Permit Fee Additional Requirements
Commercial Lobster Resident (Moratorium) $150 No new permits available. Reporting required.
Commercial Lobster Non-Resident (Moratorium) $225 No new permits available. Reporting required.
Lobster Landing Permit $300 Reporting required.
Lobster Resident Non-Commercial $10 Proof of domicile in New York.
Lobster Bait Gill Net None Only issued to holders of a lobster commercial permit. Reporting required.
Crab Resident (Limited Entry) $30 For information on eligibility criteria for limited entry permits, please call 631-444-0455. Reporting required.
Crab Non-Resident (Limited Entry) $50 For information on eligibility criteria for limited entry permits, please call 631-444-0455. Reporting required.
Horseshoe Crab Permit None Only issued to holders of a crab permit. Reporting required.
Whelk Permits
License/Permit Fee Additional Requirements
Whelk Resident (Limited Entry) $30 For information on eligibility criteria for limited entry permits, please call 631-444-0455. Reporting required.
Whelk Non-Resident (Limited Entry) $50 For information on eligibility criteria for limited entry permits, please call 631-444-0455. Reporting required.
Party and Charter Boat
License/Permit Fee Additional Requirements
Marine District Party and Charter Boat License* (Numerical Cap) $250 Copy of Captain License and Vessel Registration or USCG Documentation needed for each year. USCG Certificate of Inspection may also be required.** Reporting required.
Licenses to Collect or Possess
License/Permit Fee Additional Requirements
License to Collect or Possess:
Marine Resources
None See application for requirements.
Licenses to Collect or Possess: Shellfish Gardening None Copy of a map that indicates your shellfish garden site location. If using underwater lands, proof of ownership is required.

*Numerical cap applies only to "6-pack" and less capacity party or charter boat licenses (OUPV).
**Party and Charter Boat License applicants who are licensed to carry more than six passengers and operate a vessel classified by the USCG as an Inspected Passenger Vessel must submit a copy of a valid USCG Certificate on Inspection for the vessel.

Application Instructions

Complete the application for the license or permit you are applying for that is listed on the permit page listed above. If an online permit application isn't available, contact MPO@dec.ny.gov or call 631-444-0470.

  1. Download application form and complete all fields of the application. Be sure to sign the application where noted.
  2. Submit all supplement documentations with your application. Review the supplement documentation required on the instruction page of the specific permit or license application.
  3. Include a passport-style photo with your application. This image will be used on your MPO ID Card.
  4. Payments may be made by check, money order, or cash (in-person only) and must be submitted with the application. Checks and money orders can be made payable to NYSDEC.
  5. Some permits require applicants provide proof of identify to qualify and/or proof of New York State domicile.
  6. If you are applying for a commercial fishing permit as a business, corporation, or DBA, view the Business Requirements below.

Proof of Identity and Domicile

Applicants for New York State Resident permits must be domiciled within the State of New York and maintain a fixed, permanent and principal place of abode (home) or establishment within the State immediately prior to the time of filing a resident permit application and continue to maintain such a place of abode or establishment for the duration of the permit or license. In order to demonstrate sufficient documentation of identity and domicile in New York State, applicants must provide one or more of the following as proof of identity or domicile (photocopies are acceptable):

  • Valid New York State DMV driver's license or New York State non-driver photo ID card
  • NYS Income Tax Form IT-201 or W-2 form of previous year
  • Current Voter Registration Card • Valid New York State Vehicle Registration
  • Valid New York State vehicle learner's permit
  • Notarized statement by parent or guardian with custody of an applicant under 16 attesting to the applicant's
  • New York State domicile; parent or guardian must provide appropriate proof of domicile.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)*
  • Armed Services Identification Card*
  • Student ID (Current)*

*Proof of identity only.

Proof of New York State domicile must show signature and current address. The preferred proof of identity and legal address is a valid New York State driver's license or a non-driver photo ID card issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. For applicants using a Post Office Box to receive mail, you must include a legal address (street address) with your application or it will be returned. If under 18 (minors), the domicile of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall be considered their domicile. DEC reserves the right to require additional proofs of domicile. Applications received without appropriate proofs of identity or domicile will be returned. DEC will NOT be responsible for the return of your document(s).

Business Requirements

If purchasing a license or permit in the name of a business (domestic corporation, domestic limited liability company, foreign business corporation, foreign LLC) or under an assumed name (DBA), you must submit a copy of the legal documents establishing the corporation, LLC or DBA to DEC with the completed application form. Valid copies of the above referenced documents (Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Organization (LLC), Filing Receipt for Application of Authority for Foreign Businesses Operating in New York, or Certificate of Assumed Name (DBA)). These documents must be provided to NYSDEC MPO when filing a new application or each year with your renewal.

Please refer to New York State Department of State's (NYSDOS) (leaves DEC website) for more information on obtaining copies of these documents.

Businesses that apply for marine permits must provide proof of their Good Standing on an annual basis. Failure to provide this documentation will result in the denial of the permit application. Status of good standing can be found on the NYSDOS's Corporation and Business Entity Database (leaves DEC website).

Out-of-state businesses can find their status of good standing from the links below (leave DEC website):