Department of Natural Resources licenses

94 Licenses

Wildlife Damage Control Operator Permit

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

A Maryland permit to provide services to address wildlife/human conflicts for individuals experiencing nuisance wildlife problems. This permit is required in order to trap, relocate or euthanize wildlife causing problems to homeowners, businesses or other landowners. The permit allows the holder to charge a fee for those services. Any commercial business providing these services needs a permit and every employee of that business that traps, relocates, or euthanizes the problem wildlife also needs a permit. 


Valid until Dec 31st Last revised : No Date
1 month Approval time
$25-$50 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

Waterfowl Processing Operation Permit

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

A permit to conduct a waterfowl processing or picking operation in the State of Maryland.  A Waterfowl Processing Operation may not receive or have in custody any wild waterfowl that is not properly tagged as required by state and federal laws and regulations.


Valid until Jun 30th Last revised : No Date
15-30 days Approval time
$0 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

Waterfowl Outfitting Permit

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

A permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to operate a commercial waterfowl guiding service.  An individual must possess a waterfowl outfitter license if the individual receives monetary compensation from hunters for providing personal guiding services to hunt wild waterfowl.  A person who is licensed as a waterfowl outfitter is also entitled to serve as a waterfowl hunting guide. 


Valid until Jul 31st Last revised : No Date
15-30 days Approval time
$300 Application cost
15-30 mins Average completion time

Waterfowl Guiding Permit

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

A Maryland permit to serve as a commercial waterfowl guide.  A waterfowl hunting guide is an employee of a waterfowl outfitter and is the individual that provides personal guiding services to hunters.


Valid until Jul 31st Last revised : No Date
15-30 days Approval time
$50 Application cost
15-30 mins Average completion time

Unlimited Tidal Fish License (UTFL)

Distributed by Department of Natural Resources

Allows the holder to commercially fish for most crabs, oysters, clams, conch, turtles, lobster, and most finfish, in addition to guiding fishing parties in the state of Maryland. 


Valid until Aug 31st Last revised : No Date
Varies Approval time
$300 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

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