Unlimited Tidal Fish License (UTFL) Details

Unlimited Tidal Fish License (UTFL)

General Info - Statewide License

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. 

May be used to guide fishing parties if the holder also has a United States Coast Guard Captains License. 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

  • $300.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

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

  1. Must be a Maryland resident.

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

  3. United States Coast Guard Captains License (if using the license to guide fishing parties).

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.


License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Department of Natural Resources

Contact Information


Why the License is required?

Comprehensive commercial fishing license to allow commercial harvest of most species in Maryland's tidal waters.

Legal Authority

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