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.  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.


  • 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.


Apply for the License

Ready to apply?

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

Contact Information



Legal Authority

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

Natural Resources Article, 4-701, Annotated Code of Maryland