NMFS Highly Migratory Species Permits
NMFS Toll-Free Highly Migratory Species Information Line: 800-894-5528
To report a landed billfish or swordfish - dial 21
To hear a list of NMFS contact phone numbers - dial 38
To request HMS information be mailed to you - dial 411
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Permits - How to Apply
You may apply for an initial or renewal permit in one of several ways. Regardless of which way you choose, you may always check the status of your application from the NMFS Permit Shop using the permit number or order confirmation number.
1. Apply Online at NMFS Permit Shop (https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/
Applying for an initial or renewal permit using the NMFS Permit Shop is your best option. You will need a valid credit card to complete your purchase and will have the option of printing your own permit(s) or having them mailed to you. To complete an online application, you will need contact information for the permitholder (e.g., name, address, and phone number). You will also need either Coast Guard or State registration information (number or other ID), vessel name, home and principal ports, vessel length, year built, crew size, type of construction (e.g., fiberglass), gross tonnage, propulsion type, engine horsepower and hold capacity. You may also renew permits by calling the automated voice response system at 888-872-8862, where you can also receive your permit by FAX.
2. Download an Application Package
You may download an initial or renewal application package in PDF format from the NMFS Permit Shop. Print and mail the form to NMFS at the address provided in the application. NMFS will then mail your permit to you. Provide a credit card number or include a money order with your paper application using this option.
3. Request an Application Package to be Mailed
You may request that an initial or renewal application package be mailed to you from the NMFS Permit Shop. Once you receive the package, complete it by hand and mail it to the address provided. NMFS will then mail your permit to you. You must provide a credit card number or include a money order with your paper application using this option. You may also request that an application package be mailed to you by calling the NMFS Customer Service Center at 888-872-8862.
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