i have a commercial lisence and was wondering if i could let my brother in law or a family member use my boat and lisence.was told a few years ago that i could but a dnr police agent told my bro in law its illegal.any body know the truth to this.any help would be appreciated thanx in advance.
A commercial license is registered to a specific person /boat or both so the boat can be operated without the license holder present.
It's not an individual license. It's a business license. The same as a plumbing or electrical license. The owner has to qualify for it but employees work under his license. The master doesn't have to be on the job..............Gary
I never understood how that complies with state code which says that you can not transfer a recreational license or commercial license. . . But that is what is on the books and common practice.
Also in VA you are responsible (to a certain extent) if he breaks the law under your license.
§ 28.2-226.1. Recreational gear license required.
A. Any person desiring to take or catch finfish or shellfish for recreational purposes in the tidal waters of the Commonwealth using commercial gear authorized under § 28.2-226.2, and for which an exemption is not provided in § 28.2-226, or included in § 28.2-302.1, shall first obtain the appropriate commercial gear license for recreational purposes. A license to use such gear for recreational purposes shall be issued to an individual for his exclusive use and shall not be transferable.
§ 28.2-302.1. Recreational license required.
Except in areas under the jurisdiction of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and as provided in § 28.2-302.5, a person shall not take or catch fish with rod and reel, hand line, by spearing or gigging, with a cast net, with a dip net, or by using up to two eel pots in the tidal waters of the Commonwealth under the jurisdiction of the Commission without first obtaining a saltwater recreational fishing license. The license required by this section and issued pursuant to § 28.2-302.2, 28.2-302.2:1, 28.2-302.6, 28.2-302.7, 28.2-302.8, 28.2-302.9 or 28.2-302.10shall not be transferable.
§ 28.2-241. Registration of commercial fishermen required; exemption; penalty. F. Registrations of commercial fishermen shall not be transferable.