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License FAQ:
Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License FAQ (Cont.)


Q. – Do I have to notify the Division of Marine Fisheries when the master of the vessel listed on the Menhaden Endorsement on the Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License changes?
A. –
Yes, you must notify by filing an application with the Division of Marine Fisheries within 30 days and you will receive a replacement license at the cost of $10.00.

Q. – Do I need a Menhaden Endorsement to the Standard Commercial Fishing License to catch menhaden with a cast net to be used as bait?
A. –
No, you only need the menhaden endorsement to harvest menhaden with a purse seine.

Q. – Who can be assigned the Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
The Standard Commercial Fishing License can be assigned to anyone who does not have any license suspensions or revocations. Resident Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses can only be assigned to North Carolina residents. Non resident Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses can be assigned to either a North Carolina resident or nonresidents.

Q. – Can a Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License be assigned?
A. –
No.

Q. – Can the Shellfish or Menhaden Endorsements of the Standard Commercial Fishing License be assigned?
A. –
Yes. One or both endorsements can be assigned along with the Standard Commercial Fishing License. A Standard Commercial Fishing License with the Shellfish Endorsement can only be assigned to a North Carolina resident.

Q. – Can I assign my Standard Commercial Fishing License without assigning my endorsements?
A. –
Yes, you can assign the Standard Commercial Fishing License but do not have to assign one or both of the endorsements. You cannot harvest shellfish or menhaden with only the endorsement if you assigned the Standard Commercial Fishing License and retained the endorsements.

Q. – Will all Division of Marine Fisheries' license offices process Standard Commercial Fishing License assignments?
A. –
No, only the Morehead City office will process assignments.

Q. – How does an assignment terminate?
A. –
The assignment terminates:

  1. When the date specified on the assignment form is reached; or
  2. A licensee or assignee are determined ineligible for a license or assignment; or
  3. The Division of Marine Fisheries receives a notarized statement from the current license holder stating a revised date for an earlier assignment termination; or
  4. Upon the licensee or assignee's death; or
  5. The Standard Commercial Fishing License expires.

Q. – When do assignments of the Standard Commercial Fishing License have to be reported to the Division of Marine Fisheries?
A. –
All assignments have to be reported through the required procedures to the Division of Marine Fisheries' Morehead City office. If the Division of Marine Fisheries has not received the assignment within 5 days (postmarked) from the first day of the assignment, it is not a valid assignment and is null and void. It must be returned to the Standard Commercial Fishing License holder.

Q. – What documents do I need to take with me when assigned a Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
When you are fishing with an assigned Standard Commercial Fishing License, you must have ready at hand for inspection the assigned Standard Commercial Fishing License with any assigned endorsements and a copy of the assignment form.

Q. – Can an individual be assigned more than one Standard Commercial Fishing License at one time?
A. –
No.

Q. – Can a nonresident be assigned a resident Standard Commercial Fishing License?
A. –
No.

Q. – Can an assignment be extended beyond the original assigned date?
A. –
Yes, for an extension of time, a new assignment form must be completed and submitted to the Division of Marine Fisheries' Morehead City license office.

 

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