Historical Captain Gulf Charter/Headboat for Reef Fish For-Hire Fishing Permit (Limited Access)
Online Renewal: No
Logbook Requirements: Yes (Southeast Electronic For-Hire Reporting Program)
Transferrable: Yes. For details, please read transferring permit instructions under "How To Apply."
Expiration Date: If the vessel owner is a person, the annual permit expiration date will be the last day of the permit holder’s birth month. In the case of multiple owners, the birth date of the managing owner is the determining date. If the vessel owner is a business, the expiration date will be the last day of the month the company was formed. If the vessel is leased, the expiration date will be the last day of the last full month of the lease term.
- Historical captain permit is valid only when the historical captain operates as captain.
- May only be transferred to another vessel that is operated by the Historical Captain.
- The named historical captain can never be removed from the endorsement.
Species Covered By This Permit
- Gulf Grouper
What You Will Need
How to Apply
Permit Renewal via Paper Application
To renew your permit(s) via paper application, click on the application download link in the upper left corner of this page or download the Vessel EEZ application here.
Please complete the Vessel EEZ application and mail to the address below. Please include a copy of your valid state registration or Coast Guard documentation and any other supporting documentation. A non-refundable application processing fee is required. Application fees are based on the number of requested permits. Fees should be paid via checks or money orders, payable to U.S. Department of Treasury. Application fees are subject to change.
To transfer a permit, you must submit a paper application. The application download link is in the upper corner of this page or download the Vessel EEZ application here.
Complete the application using the vessel information and permit holder information of the person buying or receiving the new permit.
Include the original permit with the application packet. If the buyer and the seller are the same person or business, there is no need to sign the back of the permit. If the buyer and the seller are different people or a different business, the back of the original permit must be signed by both buyer and seller AND must be notarized. If an original permit is not available, the buyer and seller can submit a notarized letter or affidavit of lost permit.
Upon transfer of a Gulf of Mexico moratorium coastal migratory pelagics charter/headboat permit and/or Gulf of Mexico moratorium reef fish charter/headboat permit, the Federal charter/headboat decal must be removed from your vessel. The current owner(s) signature on the back of the permit verifies that the decal has been removed from the vessel.
Please include a copy of your valid state registration or Coast Guard documentation and any other supporting documentation. A non-refundable application processing fee is required. Application fees are based on the number of requested permits. Fees should be paid via checks or money orders, payable to U.S. Department of Treasury. Application fees are subject to change.
Mailing Paper Applications
Paper applications should be mailed to:
NOAA Permits Office/FSER1
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
What Happens After You Submit
When applications are received into the Southeast Region Permit Office, they are assigned a unique application number and categorized by receive date. Upon application review, permits are issued if the application, vessel and permit meet all requirements. In the event requirements are not met, a cover letter will be mailed outlining all deficiencies. When deficiencies are resolved, permits can be issued.
After submittal, you may check your application status. Please have your vessel number or application number readily available.
Once Your Permit is Issued
Please retain the original permits on the vessel or in a location that is easy to access. The Office of Law Enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard do inspect vessels for valid permits.
For more information about the permits, go to the general Southeast Permits Information page or the frequently asked questions about Southeast fishing permits page. You may also contact us at (877) 376-4877 for additional questions.