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.


Recreational saltwater fishing licenses may be purchased online at, at the MDMR office, or an authorized agent. Authorized agents are at these coastal locations.


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
(228) 374-5000

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.

2019 Spotted Seatrout Endorsement Requirements


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)


Recreational$       15
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$     130
Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain 30′ to 45′ Boat$     195
Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain Over 45′ Boat$     265


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


Recreational$       10
Tonging $       60
Dredging $     110
Alabama Resident Tonging$     120
Alabama Resident Dredging$     230


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$     525
Alabama Resident Seafood Dealer/Vehicle$     130
Louisiana Resident Seafood Dealer/Processor$  1,700
Louisiana Resident Seafood Dealer/Vehicle$       60