NOAA Fisheries announces new online permit application system

Published 3:18 pm Saturday, January 22, 2022

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NOAA Fisheries is offering a new online permit application system.

Starting Feb. 1, 2022, the agency will no longer accept checks or money orders as a form of payment for processing an application. Payment will be submitted through NOAA’s online system.

Also, NOAA will no longer be accepting faxed documents. All supporting documents will need to be submitted online with the exception of original permits. NOAA will still require original permits to be mailed into the NOAA Fisheries’ Permit Office during a transfer application.

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Two months before a permit is set to expire, the permit holder will receive an email from NOAA Fisheries’ Permit Office. This email will also give the option of signing up for an online account.

Eligible for online applications are vessel permit renewals, new vessel permit requests, limited access permit transfers, dealer and operator permit renewals, new requests for dealer and operator permits.

For permit renewals, the auto-generated renewal reminder emails will come from “NOAA Fisheries – Southeast Region Permit Office” with a subject line that reads “NMFS SERO Permit Renewal Reminder.”