Buy a recreational lobster permit

You must have a recreational lobster permit to catch lobster in Massachusetts.
If you order a permit online or in person, you'll receive it the same day.

Division of Marine Fisheries - Boston Office


The Details

What you need

  • To apply for a recreational lobster permit, you'll need to provide your personal information; including name, date of birth, residency status, and address.
  • If you're ordering online, you'll need a debit or credit card.
  • If you're a non-resident, you must:
    • temporarily live in a coastal Massachusetts municipality 
    • own more than $5,000 in Massachusetts real estate.
  • Non-US citizens must provide their alien registration card.


Name Fee Unit
Recreational Lobster Permit (resident) $55 per person
Recreational Lobster Permit (non-resident) $75 per person

How to buy

Only Massachusetts residents may apply or renew online. You can do this by accessing the MassFishHunt portal. The website will walk you through getting your permit.

When you purchase online, there's an additional $1.68 fee ($1.34 administrative handling fee and $0.34 convenience fee). This will be charged in addition to the $55/$75 permit fee.

Please note that your MassFishHunt transaction will show up on your debit or credit card statement as follows:

ACT*MADFG MassFishHunt 615-263-4257

Download the paper application to apply for or renew a recreational lobster permit. Mail completed applications with a check, made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to:

251 Causeway Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114

Non-residents need the second page of the application completed and notarized.

You can apply for or renew your permit in person at our Boston, Gloucester, and New Bedford offices. Our Gloucester and New Bedford offices only accept checks or money orders. Those offices are open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our Boston office accepts checks, money orders, or cash, and is open from 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Non-residents need the second page of the application completed and notarized.

More info

You always need to have a version of your current recreational lobster permit with you when lobstering in Massachusetts.



251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1509
Gloucester Field Office
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
(617) 727-3337
New Bedford Field Office
836 S Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744
(508) 990-0449


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