License Sales Information
Payment Methods Accepted:
- In-state check (must have Mississippi address)
- Out-of-state business checks
- Cashier’s check/money order
Note: The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources does not accept any credit/debit cards or out-of-state personal checks.
24-Hour Recreational License Sales
For 24-hour recreational license sales, you can:
- Call 1-800-546-4868
- Purchase online at mdwfp.com/license/fishing.
Purchase at the MDMR
Location: 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licenses
You can purchase recreational saltwater fishing licenses at most Wal-Mart stores, sporting goods stores, bait shops, and fishing camps.
For more information, you can:
- Call the MDMR at 228-374-5000
- Visit dmr.ms.gov/licensing.
Types of Licenses
Recreational Fishing Licenses
A Mississippi saltwater fishing license is mandatory for fishing in coastal and marine waters, with exceptions for:
- Individuals under 16 years old.
- Residents with total service-connected disability (Veterans Administration declaration) or total disability (Social Security Administration declaration), requiring proof.
- Residents aged 65 or older, who can obtain a lifetime recreational saltwater fishing license for a one-time fee.
For fishing activities south of Highway 90, a saltwater fishing license is necessary. Above Highway 90 and below Interstate 10, either a saltwater or freshwater license suffices, while above I-10, only a freshwater license is required.
Exemptions also apply to recreational crab, shrimp, and oyster licenses for vessels registered under an exempt resident’s name. However, exempt individuals must carry a valid driver’s license and proof of service-connected or Social Security disability, if applicable, while fishing.
Temporary residents stationed at Mississippi military bases can use military IDs to purchase resident fishing licenses.
Free fishing days occur on the first weekend of National Fishing and Boating Week in June and on July 4, allowing fishing without a recreational saltwater fishing license in state marine waters (south of I-10).
Saltwater sportfishing, recreational shrimping, and recreational crabbing licenses expire one year after sale.
Commercial Boat Licenses
All commercial boats fishing for shrimp, oysters, crabs, or finfish within Mississippi's territorial waters require licensing.
Commercial seafood licenses expire annually on April 30. Proof of residence, along with valid boat registration/documentation, is necessary for license purchase, accepted proofs include a valid driver’s license, homestead exemption, voter’s registration card, or Mississippi state tax return.
Other Commercial Licenses
Trip Tickets: Individuals acquiring a Seafood Dealer/Processor license or Fresh Product Permit must contact the MDMR Trip Ticket Department.
NOAA Federal Fishing Permits: Mandatory for all federally managed species. Customers can reach NOAA Fisheries Services Southeast Regional Office or visit their website for more information.