Crabbing licenses are valid from April 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.
2014 Licenses & Fees
Maryland Resident who possesses a Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License or a Resident Senior Consolidated Sport Fishing License $2.00
Recreational Crab Boat License* $15.00
Waterfront Property Crab Pot Registration FREE
An individual under 16 years of age may crab without a license in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and is restricted to the same limits as an unlicensed crabber.
*One individual license is issued to the individual who purchases this license.
Who Needs A Maryland Recreational Crabbing License?
Anyone who uses the following gear or takes the following quantity of crabs must possess a recreational crabbing license:
Crabbing License Exemptions
You do not need a license if you are using the following gear or taking the following quantity:
A recreational crabbing license is not required in the Atlantic Ocean, coastal bays, and their tributaries.
An owner, lessee, or tenant of a private shoreline property may use a maximum of 2 crab pots, regardless of the number of owners or lessees of the property, and must be registered with the department. The registration is free and it does NOT count as a recreational crabbing license.
A license is not needed to use properly registered crab pots.
Private property crab pots set in the Atlantic Ocean, coastal bays, and their tributaries do NOT need to be registered.
TURTLE EXCLUDERS ARE REQUIRED
Turtle excluders are required in recreational crab pots in Maryland. These devices prevent terrapins from entering a crab pot without hindering blue crab entry. Without turtle excluders, terrapins can enter crab pots and drown. To get instructions to make your own turtle excluder www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/regulations/crabpot-trd/crabpot.asp
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.