Department of Natural Resources licenses

94 Licenses

Menhaden Bycatch Landing Permit

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

Fishermen with registered pound net site as of February 18, 2013, are qualified to activate a Menhaden Bycatch Landing Permit, which may be used after closure of the non-regulated Menhaden fishery.


Valid for 1 year Last revised : No Date
1 week Approval time
$0 Application cost
1-5 mins Average completion time

Master Fishing Guide License (FGM)

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

Maryland license which allows the holder of the license to employ other persons to guide fishing parties on a vessel owned by the master fishing guide or out of a marina owned and operated by the master guide. 


Valid until Aug 31st Last revised : No Date
Varies Approval time
$100 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

Marine Gathering Permit

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

Maryland permit which is required for an intentional congregation of more than 100 vessels in a specific area of water that, by the event's nature, circumstances, or location, creates extra or unusual hazards to life or property.


Valid for duration of event Last revised 12/01/2017
10 days Approval time
$100 Application cost
60-120 mins Average completion time

Limited Fishing Guide License - Type L

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

Maryland license which allows the holder to guide fishing parties in all waters of the state (both non-tidal and tidal). May not catch, attempt to catch, or possess striped bass in certain waters. Residents pay the lower fee, non-residents pay the higher fee. 


Valid until Dec 31st Last revised : No Date
1 day Approval time
$50-$100 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

Limited Crab Harvester - Male Only (LCM)

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

Maryland license which allows the use of up to 50 crab pots and an unlimited amount of trotlines, nets, dip nets, traps, pounds, and scrapes to harvest male crabs for sale.


Valid until Aug 31st Last revised : No Date
Varies Approval time
$100-$1,187 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

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