How to Get a Maryland Fishing License

How to Get a Maryland Fishing License
Combining inland rivers and lakes with the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland offers anglers myriad fishing opportunities, including crabbing. Sport fishermen under the age of 16 need a license to fish in the state, which is easy to get through one of four different methods.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Consider how quickly you need to get a fishing license. If you need one immediately, file an application online and print the license from your computer or go to one of Maryland's more than 350 authorized licensing agents. If you can afford to wait, you may choose either above options or file an application by phone or mail.
Step 2
Fill out the Maryland fishing license application (orally if making a phone call). You will need your Social Security number to complete the application. You may also need to choose one or more of the following special options: trout stamp, non-tidal (freshwater) fishing, Chesapeake Bay sport fishing, recreational crabbing and recreational boat crabbing.
Step 3
Submit the form and pay the fishing license fees. Mail-in applications should be sent to a local Maryland Department of Natural Resources Service Center. Credit cards are accepted for online, telephone and in-person transactions. Checks or money orders are accepted for mail-in transactions.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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