Buy a saltwater for-hire fishing permit

You must have a for-hire fishing permit to take paying passengers saltwater fishing on your boat.
Most permits submitted by mail are processed within 10 business days. If you apply in person, you'll receive it the same day.

Division of Marine Fisheries - Boston Office


The Details

What you need

  • To apply for a for-hire fishing permit, you'll need to provide your personal and vessel information; including name, date of birth, residency status, address, licensed captain information, vessel name, vessel registration number, and vessel homeport.
  • Decide whether you need a charter permit or a head boat permit. A charter permit covers up to 6 passengers and a head boat permit covers vessels that take more than 6 passengers. 

How to buy

Download the paper application to apply for or renew a for-hire fishing permit. Mail completed applications with a copy of your U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License (if permit application is new) and a check, made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to:

251 Causeway Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114

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. If your permit is new, remember to bring a copy of your U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License. 



251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1509


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