For-Hire Fishing Licenses A for-hire license is required to take paying passengers fishing in coastal waters. If you operate a for-hire vessel in federal waters (outside of three miles), you may need a federal charter vessel/headboat permit before fishing for certain species. For more information on federal permits, click here. Blanket licenses cover the individual licensing requirements of the paying passengers. The non-blanket vessel license requires each individual passenger to obtain their own Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL). The U.S. Coast Guard requires guides and captains operating for-hire vessels to comply with their licensing requirements. The division offers three for-hire license types: Blanket For-Hire Captain's CRFL Blanket For-Hire Vessel CRFL Non-Blanket For-Hire Vessel License For-Hire Vessel Coastal Recreational Fishing License Application For-Hire Captain's Coastal Recreational Fishing License Application Determining the Appropriate License The below table summarizes the current N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries For-Hire licenses. Non-Blanket Vessel Blanket Vessel (CRFL) For-Hire Captains (CRFL) Cost Resident-$25 Nonresident-$37.50 <=6 passengers >6 passengers <=6 passengers >6 passengers Resident-$250 Nonresident-$312.50 Resident-$350 Nonresident-$437.50 Resident-$250 Nonresident-$312.50 Resident-$350 Nonresident-$437.50 Requirements to Purchase USCG License not required to purchase USCG License not required to purchase USCG License suitable for passenger rating required to purchase Requirements to Operate USCG license required to operate vessel USCG license required to operate vessel USCG license required to operate vessel Other Requirements All vessels operated by the holder of the Captains license must also be licensed with either one of the for-hire vessel licenses or a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration with a For-Hire Endorsement. Intended Purpose Intended for: low cost license for dive boats and charter vessels not wishing to provide recreational license privileges to passengers. Intended for: charter boats and head boats wishing to provide recreational license privileges to passengers. Intended for: guides with multiple vessels wishing to provide recreational license privileges to passengers on all vessels. Vessel Decal Issued by DMF 4” X 6” For-Hire Decal Only 4” X 6” For-Hire Decal Only Each vessel used in conjunction with the For-Hire Captain’s License must have the CFVR Decal with the For-Hire endorsement and the 4" x 6" For-Hire decal. This illustration may help as well: View a printable version of the table and illustration If you need additional assistance, please contact the License Program Manager, Brenda Clark, at 252-808-8030 or 800-682-2632.