or guide associations such as those listed below.
Contact the Marine Board
at (503) 378-2633 with any questions or to verify if a person is
registered as an outfitter/guide or operates a licensed charter vessel.
Know Before You Go
Ask to see your
outfitter guide's registration card or look for the decal on the boat. If the
outfitter/guide is an employee, ask for the name of the company. You can verify
outfitter/guide registrations with us by calling (503) 378-2633.
Report any illegal guiding activity using the State Police TIP Hotline (800) 452-7888.
Resources for Outfitter and Guide and Charter Vessels
If you accept fees or other
compensation to take people fishing, hunting, rafting, biking, hiking or other
outdoor recreational activities on public lands, you must be registered through the Marine
Board. Application and other forms are available below. Please call the
Outfitter/Guide desk for additional assistance at (503)
378-2633, or e-mail OSMB at Outfitter.Guide@state.or.us.
- A completed application
- Certificate of insurance
- First Aid / CPR Red Cross or equivalent card
- $5000 Surety Bond (if taking deposits over $100/person)
- United States Coast Guard Operator License (if
operating in navigable waters)
- Annual non-refundable fee (Oregon Residents, $150; non-residents, see schedule)
Requirements are based on Oregon Revised Statutes, ORS Chapter 704 and Oregon
Administrative Rules, OAR Chapter 250 Division 16.
A Certificate of Liability Insurance not less
than $500,000 combined single limit per occurrence covering the outfitter and
guide and their employees which result in bodily injury or property damage
must be current and on file at the Marine Board. The certificate must match
the name and/or business name on the application; list the Marine Board as
the certificate holder; list the operations (activities) covered and if
applicable, the types and number of boats used.
First Aid and CPR
A current certificate issued to the
outfitter/guide and each employee or party of interest that meets the minimum
standards set by the American Red Cross (Internet courses with no hands-on testing of CPR skills are not acceptable). Contact our office for a list of acceptable providers if you are unsure. A copy of the certificate for the
outfitter/guide must be submitted. The outfitter/guide is responsible to make
sure all employees carry valid First Aid /CPR certification.
The outfitter/guide must provide the names, addresses, dates of birth, and First Aid/CPR certification expiration dates of
all employees, agents, and parties of interest who physically provide or who
directly assist in physically providing outfitting and guiding services. Those employees of fishing guides who conduct, lead or assist in angling activities, or operate or assist in the operation of a watercraft used for angling activities must be individually registered as Outfitter/Guides. Prior to providing services, the
outfitter/guide must notify the Marine Board by submitting the information by mail, email or fax, noting any
additions or deletions of employees.
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Operator
A valid USCG Operator License must be carried
by all outfitter/guides or employees who operate a motorized boat in
federally navigable waters of the United States. A copy of the USCG Operator
License must be submitted.
A $5,000 Surety Bond in the amount of $5,000 naming the Oregon State Marine Board must be submitted for any outfitter/guide who accepts deposits more than $100
per person. A deposit is any money accepted in advance.
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit
(AIS) – REQUIRED FOR NON-MOTORIZED BOATS
An AIS Permit is required for each 10' or longer non-motorized watercraft in use. In state motorized boats with current
registration do not need an additional permit. The AIS Permit fee must be
paid separately from the Outfitter/Guide Registration fee. Non-resident motorized boats must pay a $20 Out-of-State AIS
Permit fee per boat.
Out-of-State Resident Fee Schedule
Arizona: $300, Hunting
California: $495 Hunting & Fishing; $150 other services
Colorado: $200 Any Service
1st Yr.; $250 renewal
Fishing; $150 Other Services
registration does not take the place of other local, state or federal use
permits. Outfitter/guide registration is required to obtain a special use
permit from the US Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.
Providing false information
when applying for registration is a Class B Misdemeanor. Guiding without a
current outfitter/guide registration is a Class B Misdemeanor. Conviction may
result in a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment up to 6 months or both, and denial
or revocation of an outfitter/guide registration for up to 24 months.