- A transferable NFP may be transferred to the estate of any permittee who has died only for the purpose of transferring the NFP to another person. A request for transfer must be submitted within one year of the date of death of the permit holder as listed on the death certificate.
- A NFP in the estate of a deceased permittee may be transferred to an immediate family member (spouse, child, grandchild, parent, or sibling) or to a partner as described in Fish and Game Code (FGC), Section 8102.
Additional Required Documentation needed upon the Death of the Permittee
- A notarized written request that identifies the deceased permit holder, type of permit to be transferred and the proposed transferee.
- Copy of the death certificate.
- A court document naming the executrix of the estate.
FGC Section 8102, allows for the transfer of a limited entry commercial fishing permit, provided a working partner is a spouse, child, or sibling of the permittee. A working partner is also defined as a person who can prove an investment or equity in the vessel or gear used in the fishery who would otherwise have been eligible for a permit but did not obtain one because he or she was working with or was a partner with the permittee. The working partner shall provide substantial evidence of an actual physical working participation aboard the vessel supported by copies of trip settlement sheets and of logbooks.
Mail documents and transfer fee to:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
License and Revenue Branch
1740 N. Market Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95834
Evaluation of the transfer request will take approximately 20 business days after receipt by the License and Revenue Branch provided additional documentation is not required. If approved, a letter authorizing the transfer will be sent to the transferee with instruction on the process for completing the transfer.
Appeal Provisions and Deadlines
If disapproved, CDFW will notify the permittee in writing, explaining the reason for denial. Pursuant to Section 150(m)(3), any applicant who is denied transfer of a NFP may appeal to the Fish and Game Commission within 60 days of the date of CDFW's denial.
Please contact Ms. Debbie Noriega, Commercial Fishing License Analyst, at the License and Revenue Branch, (916) 928-5817 or Debbie.Noriega@wildlife.ca.gov, if you have any further questions or require additional assistance.