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Division of Marine Fisheries urges fishermen to promptly complete license/permit renewals for FY 2022

MOREHEAD CITY – The Division of Marine Fisheries will begin mailing renewal packets for fiscal year 2022 commercial and for-hire fishing licenses and permits this week and is asking fishermen to complete and return the applications without delay.

Division offices have been closed to the public since March 2020 to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, and the division is facilitating license purchases and renewals using mail and a combination of mail and no-contact drop boxes.

The division does not anticipate that its offices will reopen to the public prior to June 30, 2021, when fiscal year 2021 commercial and for-hire licenses and permits expire. Due to the potential delays that mail processing may cause, it is important that fishermen not wait until the last minute to renew.

As an alternative to mail, fishermen may submit completed applications with payment (check, cashier’s check, or money order only) in drop boxes provided at the following division offices:

DMF Headquarters
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City
Phone: 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632


Manteo Field Office
1021 Driftwood Dr.
Phone 252-473-5734 or 800-405-7774


Pamlico District Office
943 Washington Square Mall, Highway 17
Phone: 252-946-6481 or 800-338-7804
Southern District Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension
Phone: 910-796-7215 or 800-248-4536
Northern District Office

100 Kitty Hawk Lane

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

252-381-6000 or 800-338-7805


Further information regarding individual commercial and for-hire license and permit renewals is included in the renewal packets. Fishermen who have questions should call their local license office at the number listed above or email

Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses can be purchased or renewed online at or by calling N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission at 1-888-248-6834 during office hours.

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