Crabbing licenses are valid from April 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.
2015 Licenses & Fees
Maryland Resident $5.00
Maryland Resident who possesses a Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License or a Resident Senior Consolidated Sport Fishing License $2.00
Recreational Crabbing 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.
*Recreational Crabbing Boat License
The Recreational Crabbing Boat License allows the purchaser of the license, or if that person is not on board, any one individual on board the vessel, to catch crabs for recreational purposes anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries under that license. In addition, one individual crabbing license is issued to the individual who purchases the recreational crab boat 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.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.