Buy a recreational saltwater fishing permit

Love to fish? If you're 16 or older, you need a recreational saltwater fishing permit.
If you order a permit online or in person, you will receive your permit the same day.

Contact

Division of Marine Fisheries - Boston Office

Phone

The Details

What you need

  • To apply for a saltwater fishing permit, you'll need to provide your personal information.
  • If applying online, you'll also need a debit or credit card.

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Saltwater fishing permit (anglers under 60) $10 per person
Saltwater fishing permit (anglers 60 and over) $0 per person

How to buy

You can apply for or renew your saltwater fishing permit 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, including for free permits ($1.34 administrative handling and a $0.34 convenience fee).

Please note that your MassFishHunt transaction will be indicated 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 saltwater fishing permit. Mail completed applications with a check payable to:

Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway St.
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114

You can apply for or renew your permit in person at our Boston, Gloucester, or 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. 

Permits can also be bought or renewed at one of our approved vendor locations.

More info

Whether you print your permit or have it stored on your mobile device, you must always have a version of your current fishing permit with you when saltwater fishing in Massachusetts.

Downloads

Contact

Address

251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114

Phone

Fax

(617) 626-1509

Address

Gloucester Field Office
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Fax

(617) 727-3337

Address

Gloucester Field Office
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Fax

(617) 727-3337

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