Charter Captain License|
No person is permitted to operate a vessel wherein a fee is paid, directly
or indirectly, for attempting to take or possessing any saltwater fish for
non-commercial purposes unless they have obtained a Charter Captain License.
When a license is issued to a licensed captain, the license may be used by
the licensee to charter and operate any commercially registered vessel for
the number of paying customers allowed on the license.
Customers are not required to purchase a saltwater fishing license in
their individual name when fishing from a vessel where a Charter Captain
license has been issued to the captain of the vessel as long as the number
of paying individuals does not exceed the number of individuals covered under
the license. When a snook and/or lobster permit has been issued in conjunction
with a Charter Captain License, the number of individuals covered under
the snook and/or lobster permit would be the same number of individuals covered
under the Charter Captain license.
Operation of a for-hire vessel in federal waters (outside of 9 nautical
miles on the Gulf and 3 miles on the Atlantic) may require a federal
charter/headboat permit when fishing for certain specifies. For additional
information on these types of permits, call the National Marine Fisheries
Management Service at 1-727-824-5326.
Prior to the issuance of a Charter Captain License, the applicant must
provide proof of eligibility by presenting their Current Coast Guard
License which authorizes them to operate or navigate a passenger carrying
For information pertaining to a Coast Guard Captain's license, call
NOTE: At the discretion of the county tax collector, the customer may be
required to provide a paid copy of their Local Business Tax Receipt prior
to the issuance of the license.
Additional License Information
- 4 or less customers
- 10 or less customers
- 11 or more customers
Annual - begin date is date of purchase; valid for 12 consecutive months