Crab Harvester License (CB3) Details


Crab Harvester License (CB3)

General Info - Statewide License


Maryland license which allows the use of up to 300 crab pots, and an unlimited amount of trotlines, nets, dip nets, traps, pounds and scrapes to harvest crabs for sale

Requires the purchase of a harvester registration surcharge and a seafood marketing surcharge. Price varies based on state of residency. Maryland residents pay the minimum fee. 

This is a waitlist application. As licenses become available, the individual at the top of the list will be contacted by a department representative and instructed to pick up their license Due to the limited number of these licenses, it is not possible to know what the wait time is to receive a license. However, an applicant may apply to be placed on the wait list for this license at any time.

Please navigate to the Commercial Wait List Application resource page for further details


  • N/A

    Approval time

  • $150.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Requires the purchase of a harvester registration surcharge and a seafood marketing surcharge.

  2. Please identify which service center is applicable to mail in your application using DNR's Licensing & Registration Service Centers Link

Apply for the License

Maintaining Your License

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)

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

Agency/Contact

License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Department of Natural Resources Service Centers dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/service_centers.aspx

Contact Information

Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources Service Centers the legal authority to issue this approval?