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Buy a saltwater for-hire fishing permit
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Division of Marine Fisheries - Boston Office
The Details of Buy a saltwater for-hire fishing permit
What you need for Buy a saltwater for-hire fishing permit
- 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 Buy a saltwater for-hire fishing permit
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
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. All new and renewing applicants need to complete the questionnaire on the second page of the application. If your permit is new, remember to bring a copy of your U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License.