Florida

Freshwater Fishing

If you are fishing in freshwater that is non-navigable, you’ll need to provide the following documents:

  • Photo ID
  • Vessel Registration/Certificate of Documentation 
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 

If you fish in navigable freshwater, you’ll need to provide the following documents:

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
  • FWC issued Vessel Registration/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance

Please keep in mind that most National Parks have some sort of local license that we might require.

Saltwater Fishing

If you are fishing in saltwater in Florida, you need to provide the following documents:

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
  • Either a Charter Captain or a Charter Boat License issued by the FWC
  • Vessel Registration/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 

If you fish more than 9 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico or 3 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, you need to provide Federal Permits issued by the NOAA. Your listing will then receive a "Federally Permitted" badge. 

 
 

Texas

Saltwater Fishing

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
  • All Water Guide License issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Certificate of Number for a Vessel/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
  • If you fish more than 9 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and/or you target fish species, you need to provide Federal Fishing Permits issued by the NOAA.

Freshwater Fishing

  • Photo ID
  • Freshwater Guide License issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Certificate of Number for a Vessel/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
 
 

Alabama

Saltwater Fishing

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
  • Alabama Commercial Party Boat License issued by Outdoor Alabama
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 

 

 
 

South Carolina

Saltwater Fishing

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
  • South Carolina Charter Vessel License by SC Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 

Freshwater Fishing

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
 
 

North Carolina

Saltwater Fishing

  • Photo ID ( Government-issued document with a photo, i.e driving license)
  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
  • Non or Blanket For Hire Vessel License or Blanket For Hire Captain's Coastal Recreational Fishing License
  • Certificate of  Vessel Number/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
 
 

New York

In Marine Districts

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you provide the last page of your MMC)
  • Party/Charter Boat License by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 

Great Lakes

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you provide the last page of your MMC)
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance

Inland Water Guides

 
 

New Jersey

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you provide the last page of your MMC)
  • Registration Certificate from the Saltwater Recreational Registry 
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
 
 

Maryland

If you fish in Federal waters bordering Maryland state waters, you do not need a local license, your Federal Fishing Permits will be enough.

 
 

Massachusetts

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you provide the last page of your MMC)
  • Charter Boat Permit issued by the Dept. of Fish & Game
  • Boat Registration Certificate/Certificate of Documentation
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
 
 

Michigan

Great Lakes

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you provide the last page of your MMC)
  • Charter Boat License and Sport Trolling License (if fishing for Trout)
  • Certificate of Inspection 
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 

Inland Fishing

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you fish in non-navigable waters or have provided only the last page of your MMC)
  • Inland Passenger Vessel Operator License
  • Inland Sport Fishing Guide License (as of March 2024)
  • Boat Registration
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
 
 

Ohio

  • USCG MMC (we have to see the photo, name of the captain, and reference number of the document)
    • Or Photo ID (if you provide the last page of your MMC)
  • Lake Erie Fishing Guide License (if fishing in Lake Erie)
  • Certificate of Inspection 
  • Proof of Liability Insurance