The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries began Monday renewing 2024 commercial fishing, seafood dealer and for-hire licenses and permits that will go into effect July 1.
Division staff mailed to those holding current licenses and permits renewal packets that include an application and a self-addressed, postage paid envelope. Current licenses and permits expire June 30.
Renewals may be completed by mail, drop-box, or in person by appointment at the following locations:
- Division of Marine Fisheries 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
- Pamlico District Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, U.S. 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.
Those who have questions or wish to make an appointment should call their local license office or email License@ncdenr.gov. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The license office in Elizabeth City is permanently closed and cannot accept renewal applications.
The state Coastal Recreational Fishing License expiration is 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 many outdoor shops.