All licenses may be purchased at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi, MS. The Licensing Department will not be able to issue licenses after 4:30 pm. For more information contact the Licensing Office at (228) 374-5000.
Past Saltwater License Records Request
To obtain copies of past saltwater fishing licenses, come by our office with your driver's license.
A saltwater fishing license is required to fish south of Highway 90. Above Highway 90 and below Interstate 10 either a saltwater or freshwater license will suffice, and above Interstate 10 a freshwater license is required. Persons under the age of 16 are exempt. Residents 65 years of age or older can purchase a lifetime license for $7.29.
All Mississippi resident commercial saltwater licenses must be purchased at the MDMR office in Biloxi:
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Ave
Biloxi, MS 39530
Before coming to the MDMR License Office, please be sure that you have the appropriate documentation for the license you are purchasing. Click here for license purchase requirements.
All commercial licenses expire April 30, including Seafood Dealer and Seafood Processor licenses.
All recreational fishing, shrimp, crab, oyster as well as Charter Boat and Charter Boat Interstate Commerce licenses will expire one year from the date of purchase.
Effective May 1, 2014, a Spotted Seatrout Endorsement is required for commercially harvesting spotted seatrout. Click here for more information.
For a current list of Commercial Licenses and their fees please see the table below. License fees for non-residents may vary. Call the License Office at (228) 374-5000 for current non-resident license fees.
TYPE OF LICENSE (all fees for MS residents unless noted)
|Shrimp / Captain Under 30' Boat||$ 60|
|Shrimp / Captain 30' to 45' Boat||$ 85|
|Shrimp / Captain Over 45' Boat||$ 110|
|Mississippi Captain's License||$ 10|
|Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain Under 30' Boat||$ 101|
|Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain 30' to 45' Boat||$ 151|
|Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain Over 45' Boat||$ 201|
|Commercial Crab Trawl||$ 75|
|Commercial Crab Trap||$ 75|
|Recreational Crab Trap||$ 5|
|Fishing Boat License / Gill & Trammel Net||$ 100|
|Charter Boat||$ 200|
|Commercial Hook and Line / Gig per Vessel||$ 100|
|Commercial Hook and Line / Gig per Fisherman||$ 100|
|Spotted Seatrout Endorsement||$ 10|
|Menhaden Boat / Net||$ 150|
|Alabama Resident Tonging||$ 110|
|Alabama Resident Dredging||$ 210|
|Live-bait Shrimp Dealer||$ 50|
|Live-bait Shrimp Boat||$ 100|
|Live-bait Minnow||$ 50|
|Interstate Commerce||$ 20|
|Seafood Dealer / Processor||$ 100|
|Menhaden Processor||$ 500|
|Seafood Transport License||$ 100|
|Alabama Resident Seafood Dealer/Processor||$ 401|
|Alabama Resident Seafood Dealer/Vehicle||$ 101|
|Louisiana Resident Seafood Dealer/Processor||$ 1,150|
|Louisiana Resident Seafood Dealer/Vehicle||$ 30|
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THE MDMR LICENSING DEPARTMENT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ISSUE LICENSES AFTER 4:30 PM