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Buyer, Dealer, Retailer, Processor, and Transporter Licenses and Permits

Seafood, Bait, Reptile, and Amphibian Dealers, Retailers, and Processors

To purchase, resell, or process seafood products, bait, reptiles, or amphibians in Louisiana, you must have one of the following licenses and/or permits issued by LDWF, unless otherwise noted.

License and Permit Types and Fees

 

Seafood, Bait, Reptile, and Amphibian Transporters

To operate any commercial transport vehicle and load, unload, or transport seafood, bait, reptiles, or amphibians, you must have one of the following LDWF-issued licenses. Common carriers are exempt from these license requirements. In addition, transport license requirements do not apply to processed fish or fish products (drying to a point of dehydration, canning, salting, breading, and cooking for immediate consumption).

License Types and Fees

If you: You must have a/an: Fees and notes:
Are a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer delivering seafood Wholesale/Retail Seafood Transport License $30 per vehicle (residents and nonresidents); can only be purchased by a licensed Louisiana commercial fisherman or wholesale/retail seafood dealer; issued in the purchaser’s name. If you’re transporting fish under a transport license, you may not buy or sell and fish (unless working under a transport license purchased in connection with a wholesale/retail seafood dealer license and buying fish for and transporting such fish to the dealer to whom the license was issued). A dealer may purchase any number of transport licenses; transport licenses are freely transferable between vehicles, but the licensee remains responsible for all activities conducted under that license.
Are a licensed retail seafood dealer picking up seafood from a wholesale/retail dealer and transporting it to your business Retail Seafood Transport License
Are transporting a commercial fisherman’s catch to a wholesale/retail dealer for sale Commercial Fisherman Seafood Transport License
Ship seafood out of state Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License OR Seafood Transport License purchased with the dealer license
  • Dealer License: $250 resident; $1,105 nonresident
  • Seafood Transport License: $30 for residents and nonresidents
Operate commercial transport vehicles and load, unload, or transport reptiles or amphibians Reptile and Amphibian Collector License, Reptile and Amphibian Wholesale/Retail Dealer License, OR Reptile and Amphibian Transport License
  • Collector License: $25 resident/$10 resident under age 16, $200 nonresident
  • Dealer License: $105 resident, $405 nonresident.
  • Nonresidents may instead purchase a Three-Day Reptile and Amphibian Wholesale/Retail Dealer’s License ($75; valid for three consecutive days).
  • Transport License: $30/vehicle resident, $120/vehicle nonresident; transferable between vehicles. Only licensed reptile and amphibian collectors or wholesale/retail dealers may purchase. Transport license holders may not buy/sell reptiles or amphibians unless buying on behalf of the dealer to whom the transport license was issued and transporting the purchase back to them.

 

Fur Buyers and Dealers

You must have a current Fur Buyer License to buy whole nongame quadrupeds* for pelting; carcasses of furbearing* animals; or raw furs or skins from fur trappers, alligator hunters, alligator farmers, fur buyers or fur dealers and sell them within the state. You must have your license in your possession while conducting business. Fur Buyer Licenses expire June 30.

You must have a current Fur Dealer License to buy whole nongame quadrupeds* for pelting; carcasses of furbearing* animals; or raw furs or skins from fur trappers, alligator hunters, alligator farmers, fur buyers or fur dealers and ship or export these furs or skins from the state. You must have your license in your possession while conducting business. Fur Dealer Licenses expire June 30. 

*Furbearers are beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, river otter, red fox, raccoon and skunk. Nongame quadrupeds are alligators, beavers, bobcats, coyotes, gray foxes, minks, muskrats, nutrias, opossums, otters, raccoons, red foxes, skunks, and other wild quadrupeds valuable for their furs or skins

License Types and Fees

License Type Resident Fee Nonresident Fee
Fur Buyer $25 $100
Fur Dealer $150 ($500 deposit required) $300 ($1,000 deposit required)