The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said it will begin renewing commercial fishing, seafood dealer, and for-hire licenses and permits on April 18.
The division announced Friday that it is mailing to current license and permit holders renewal packets that include an application and a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. Renewals may be completed by mail, drop-box, or in person by appointment.
Drop boxes and appointments are available at the following division locations:
- Division headquarters — 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City. Phone: 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632.
- Manteo Field Office — 1021 Driftwood Drive, Manteo. Phone 252-473-5734 or 800-405-7774.
- Pamlico District Office — 943 Washington Square Mall, Highway 17, Washington. Phone: 252-946-6481 or 800-338-7804.
- Southern District Office — 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington. Phone: 910-796-7215 or 800-248-4536.
Officials said those who have questions or wish to make an appointment should call their local license office at the number listed above or email License@ncdenr.gov. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The license office in the Elizabeth City office is permanently closed and cannot accept renewal applications.
Commercial fishing, seafood dealer and for-hire licenses and permits dated 2022 expire June 30. The 2023 licenses and permits become effective July 1.
Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses expire based on the date of purchase. Recreational fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased or renewed online at www.ncwildlife.org, by calling N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission at 1-888-248-6834 during office hours, or at a many outdoor shops, Find a license agent in your area.