Outer Banks Fishing License

North Carolina’s Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL), administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), is currently in effect. This license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis, or combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC).

This license allows recreational fishermen to harvest finfish for personal consumption; finfish harvested under this license cannot be sold. Fishermen using this license are held to the state’s recreational size and possession limits. This license cannot be assigned or transferred and is required for ANY type of recreational finfish harvest not included under the Recreational Commercial Gear License. Fishermen holding the CRFL are required to comply with all DMF sampling and survey programs.

The license is required to recreationally harvest finfish in the state’s Coastal Fishing Waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries, out to three miles in the ocean. Recreational anglers who catch fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3 miles – 200 miles offshore) will be required to have this license to land fish in state waters. Fishing in Joint Waters (areas managed by both the Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources commissions) will require either the CRFL or a WRC inland fishing license.

Individuals under16 years of age. Individuals who purchase any of the following WRC licenses prior to Jan. 1, 2006:
  • All categories of Lifetime Sportsman licenses;
  • Lifetime Resident Comprehensive Fishing License;
  • Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Resident Sportsman;
  • Disabled Resident Sportsman;
  • Lifetime Fishing License for the Legally Blind; and
  • Adult Care Home Resident Fishing License.
Blanket Licenses
For-hire vessels and ocean fishing piers have the option to purchase a blanket license to cover their fishing patrons.
A free license waiver will be available for subsistence anglers from their local Department of Social Services.
Sales Agents
The new license will be available from WRC license agents throughout the state and at any DMF office. The number of license agents will be increased in coastal areas.
Marine Resources Funds
Proceeds from the sale of this license will go into two marine resources funds managed by the state’s Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources commissions. Revenues must be used to manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate, conserve and/or enhance North Carolina’s marine resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Reprinted from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Marine Fisheries, at https://www.ncfisheries.net/recreational/NCCRFL.htm on October 31, 2006
Where to Buy a NC Coastal Recreational Fishing License
Currituck, Dare and Hyde Counties
Fishing licenses may be purchased on-line directly from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) Monday thru Friday between 8 am and 5 pm (Visa and MasterCard accepted) or from an approved Wildlife Service Agent. Please note the Outlet Type below. Some Agents can only sell licenses OR vessel registrations. Others can sell BOTH licenses and vessel registrations. Service Agents are presented for Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties and are subject to change.
Currituck County
Outlet TypeNameAddress
License AgentTW's Bait & Tackle
815B Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-3339
License & Vessel AgentCurrituck Sports
4306 Caratoke Hwy
Barco, NC 27917
(252) 453-2480
License & Vessel AgentEast Coast Home & Garden
512 Caratoke Hwy
Moyock, NC 27958
(252) 435-6999
License AgentJones Graocery & Spply
385 Knotts Island Rd
Knotts Island, NC 27950
(252) 429-3305
License AgentMidway Marina & Motel
157 Coinjock Development Rd
Coinjock, NC 27923
(252) 453-3625
License AgentOld's Auto Sply
NC Hwy 168
Moyock, NC 27958
(252) 435-6366
License AgentStewart's Hunting Lodge
773 Bells Island Rd
Currituck, NC 27929
(252) 232-2309
Dare County

Outlet TypeName Address
Vessel AgentManteo Marine
411 S Hwy 64
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2197
License AgentFrisco Shppng Ctr
53610 Hwy 12
Frisco, NC 27936
(252) 995-5366
License AgentK Mart
1901 N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-1935
License AgentTW's Bait & Tackle
3864 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 29749
(252) 453-3339
License AgentTW's Bait & Tackle
3022 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-4807
License AgentWalMart
5400 N Croatan Hwy Suite 100
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-6011
DMF AgentDiv Marine Fisheries
604 Harbor Rd
Wanchese, NC 27981
(252) 473-1233
Hyde County

Outler TypeName Address
License & Vessel AgentO'Neal's Dockside
Ocracoke, NC 27960
(252) 928-1111
License & Vessel AgentQuarter Grill
22 NC 45
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
(252) 926-9500
License & Vessel AgentRS Spencer
3410 US Hwy 264
Englehard, NC 27824
(252) 925-9281
License AgentCarawans Enterprises
510 NC Hwy 94
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
(252) 926-5861
License AgentEaks Hunt & Fish Supply
8660 Piney Woods Rd
Fairfield, NC 27826
(252) 926-5101

Source: the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission October 31, 2006

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