Renewing Permits VS Initial Permits


In general, you must complete an initial application the first time you want a permit for a vessel, e.g., an Atlantic tunas permit. After receiving an initial permit, you must complete a renewal application to renew it. Even if a previous owner of the vessel held a permit, you (as the new owner) must still obtain an initial permit. If you previously held a permit for your current vessel, even if the permit has expired, you may renew that permit. The following situations describe what you need to do if you are permitting a vessel that had been owned by another person(s) or organization:

  • If the vessel was previously owned by another person who never had a permit for the vessel, you should apply for the permit as an initial applicant.

  • If the vessel was previously owned by another person who had an Atlantic tunas permit or an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit for his/her vessel your application needs to be processed through Customer Service. It is extremely important that you call Customer Service to maintain the permit history for your vessel. Exit the On-line Permit Shop and call 1-888-872-8862. Customer Service is available during the week from 8am to 5pm Eastern Time. Make sure that your vessel's previous permit number is available if you know it.

  • If the Vessel was previously owned by another person and you're not certain if that person had a permit for the vessel, you should apply for a permit as an initial applicant. The system will check the database to see if the vessel has been permitted in the past. If it has, you will need to exit the On-line Permit Shop and contact Customer Service at 1-888-872-8862. This is extremely important to maintain the permit history for the vessel.