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Basically everyone who does not have an individual VIRGINIA SALTWATER license,either purchased separately or as part of a boat license, will need a number.

http://www.mrc.state.va.us/FIP/index.shtm

It is free.

Book mark it if you have a boat license or if you frequently use your MD license to fish in VA waters, get your buddy's . . . . date of birth, address, and phone number . . . and register them the night before you go out to save the license fund the money that they have to pay if you do it using the 800 number at the dock in the morning.

Program this number into your cell phone for when you have to do it at the dock.

800-723-2728

One twist. A MD saltwater fishing license is good in VA waters, however they still have to get a VA number.
 

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Tom,

Thanks for the post. On the count-my-fish website the press release suggests that if you register via a state license, like MD, or you register with NOAA as a rec, such as if you fish on a MD licensed vessel but you are not the license holder, you would be "covered" for the federal registration requirement.

This topic has the potential to be confusing and controversial to recreational fishermen. It would be helpful for someone in MD DNR or in VA to provide an "official" statement on this topic.

https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/
https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/newsroom/downloads/Registry_Fee_nov10.pdf

From the second site above:
"Fishermen are also exempt from registering if they are under 16; only fish on federally permitted charter, party or guide boats; hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling permit; or are fishing commercially under a valid license. Fishermen who hold a valid fishing license from an exempted state are automatically entered into the registry, and do not need to take further action. Finally, people fishing in an exempted state who are not required to have a saltwater fishing license in that state - as is sometimes the case with seniors or active duty military - are not required to register."
 

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Yes you would be exempt from the National registry. For VA you have to register with VA even if you already registered in MD. I don't know what the MD rules are but I suspect that it is the same. The concept is say that there are 500,000 MD anglers registered or licensed. How many of them actually will be fishing in VA?
 
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