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There are now both STATE and FEDERAL registery requirements.

The various STATE registeries cover you for the FEDERAL NOAA registery requirements because those states have worked out a system to provide the necessary angler info to the feds. NOAA wants you to go through the state license system, hence the $15 disincentive if you choose to go through NOAA rather than a state license system.

Even if your guests were registered with NOAA, they would not be in compliance with the STATE registery requirements in MD or VA if they did not register with the state they are fishing in.

This complexity could be easily simplified if everyone had to get a tidewater state license. Maintaining the boat license and the MD/VA reciprocity is what is making this process more complex.
 
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