General Info

Oyster Dredge Boat License (ODB)

Statewide License

Allows residents of Maryland the use of a dredge boat (sail dredge) to harvest oysters for sale.

This license may only be held by Maryland residents. Harvest of oysters under this license also requires the purchase of the oyster surcharge. Must also purchase a harvester registration surcharge and a seafood marketing surcharge. Due to limit in licenses it is not possible to say how long an individual might have to wait to receive this license. You may get on the wait list for this license at any time.

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Valid until Aug 31st Revised : No Date
Varies Approval time
$250 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

Must be a Maryland resident

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file

How do I maintain or renew my license?

Maintaining Your License

Renewal on Aug 31st

You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your license

Must renew every year. Regular renewal period is August 1 - August 31.

License issuer



Who issues the license?

Department of Natural Resources

Contact information

Address: 580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401

Where can I find more information?

Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for additional information

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file


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