Free Fishing Licenses Available for Medicaid, Food Stamps Recipients


In recognition of National Fishing and Boating Week, Carteret County’s Department of Social Services and Health Department send out a reminder that residents who receive Medicaid, food stamps, or Work First Family Assistance qualify for a free twelve-month fishing licensing waiver.

“Issuing subsistence fishing license will allow those who cannot afford a fishing license to still fish for food for themselves”, Clint Lewis, DSS Director stated in a press release Friday. “It would also provide these fishers legal access, reducing the number of those fishing without a license in the county.”

Fishing waivers can be obtained at the Carteret County Department of Social Services at 210 Craven Street in Beaufort or the Carteret County Health Department at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City.  


DSS and Health Department offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 p.m. For more information on the NC Department of Environmental Quality fishing waiver program, contact the Department of Social Services at 252-728-3181.

Public transportation is available through the Carteret County Area Transportation System (CCATS). Find contact and route information here.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the number of subsistence license waivers granted in the county increased by almost 56 percent from the 2014-2015 fiscal year to the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  There were 750 subsistence license waivers granted in Carteret County and 966 in neighboring Craven County in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.