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If you have recently applied to be placed on a wait list, please be aware that there is a time lag between applying and when your name will appear on the list. There is a time/date stamp associated with your application; know that you will still be able to keep your place in line.


Wait List updated May 4, 2014
As licenses become available, the individual at the top of the list will be contacted by a Department representative and instructed to pick up their license. If there are no names listed under a license category there is not a waitlist as of the updated date. That does not necessarily mean there are license available, it just means there are no people on the waitlist at the time of the last update. The list will get updated periodically so please check the "last updated" date if you have applied and do not see your name.


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How To Apply To Get On The Wait List

Applications are available at any of the licensing service centers http://dnr.maryland.gov/service/center.asp. Individuals who apply for the Fishing Guide license must attach a copy of their U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License to their application.



How Senate Bill 662 will affect the Apprenticeship Program


Senate Bill 662 repeals the Apprenticeship Program and will be effective July 1, 2013. This means that there will no longer be a requirement to work on the water with another licensee and log hours in order to get a commercial fishing license. There is still a cap on the licenses, but new licenses will be issued through a simple waitlist. The logged hours and DNR class will no longer be required. If you have any questions regarding your spot on the waitlist, please contact Chris Jones at cmjones@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8293.