Issue Date:
Revised Date: 2019-09-01

Legal Cites

Object Type

Cash — Parks and Wildlife

Origin Date

License fees for marine equipment have been in effect since 1933.


Fees are set by the Department. Current rates and further details may be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site.


  • Resident/Nonresident Fishing Boat
  • Resident Fishing Boat Transfer
  • Resident/Nonresident Fishing Boat Replacement Licenses
  • Menhaden Boat (class A, B or C)

Shrimp Licenses (A portion of shrimp boat licenses are deposited to the Commercial License Buyback Subaccount in GR Account 0009 per sec. 47.041).

  • Resident Shrimp Boat (gulf, bay, bait)
  • Resident Shrimp Boat Captain
  • Nonresident Shrimp Boat (gulf, bay, bait)
  • Nonresident Shrimp Boat Captain
  • Resident/Nonresident Shrimp Boat Transfer and Replacement Licenses

Oystering Licenses (20% of oyster license fees are set aside for the commercial oyster boat license buyback program).

  • Resident Oyster and Sport Oyster Boat
  • Resident Oyster Boat Captain
  • Resident Oyster Fisherman
  • Nonresident Oyster and Sport Oyster Boat
  • Nonresident Oyster Boat Captain
  • Resident/Nonresident Oyster Boat Transfer and Replacement Licenses
  • Licensed Commercial Oyster Fisherman Oyster Shell Recovery and Replacement Program Fee

Due Date

Set by Commission.


Amended by S.B. 216, 68th Leg., R.S.

Amended by S.B. 609, S.B. 464, 69th Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 1746, 70th Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 2622, 71st Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 1659, 73rd Leg., R.S.

Amended by S.B. 814, H.B. 2216, 74th Leg., R.S.

S.B. 750, 74th Leg., R.S. added a surcharge on certain permits to fund a Shrimp Buy Back Program. The program was continued to September 1, 2013 and the surcharge limit increased from 10 - 20% by S.B. 1246, 81st Leg., R.S.

Oyster shell recovery and replacement program added by S.B. 932, 82nd Leg., R.S., fees to be deposited to the oyster shell recovery and replacement program account within GR Account (No. 0009). Sub-account and fee dedication exempted by S.B. 1588, 82nd Leg., R.S.

Surcharges on gulf, bay, and bait shrimp boat licenses previously deposited to GR Account 5023 - Shrimp License Buy Back. H.B. 1724, 85th Leg., R.S. abolished GR Account 5023 and transferred balances and revenue to the Commercial License Buyback subaccount in GR Account 0009 – Game, Fish, and Water Safety.

20% of oyster license fees set aside for the commercial oyster boat license buyback program added by H.B. 51, 85th Leg., R.S.

Amended by H.B. 2218, 86th Leg., R.S.

USAS Values

Appropriation Year 24
Receipt Category 10 – Parks and Wildlife
Receipt Type 10 – Business/Professional Fees
Object Group 30 – Revenues
USAS Status A