Guide and Business RegistrationGuiding RequirementsRelated Licensing Legislation: Logbook Regulation

Guide and Business Registration

In order to legally provide guided sport fishing trips to anglers for compensation in the State of Alaska, you must furnish the following to acquire an ADF&G registration.

All Applicants

  • Name
  • Permanent mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Inseason telephone number
  • Address to mail wallet-sized registration card to if different from the permanent mailing address
  • Email address

Business Owners Only

  1. A current State of Alaska Business License issued by the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Division of Occupational Licensing.

Guide Only

  1. A current Alaska Sport Fish License.

Combination Business Owner/Guide

  • Must meet all business and guide registration requirements above.

Additional Business Owner Requirements

Business owner must comply with the following:

  • Provide all employed guides with a copy of the business registration to have on their persons while guiding.
  • Ensure that guides employed by that business accurately and completely maintain trip information within the logbooks in the timely manner specified in the logbook instructions.
  • Review and be familiar with the current year Sport Fishing Regulations for Special Guiding Regulations.
  • Before operating a charter business or guiding sport anglers on the Kenai River, each guide and vessel must be registered annually with both ADF&G and the Soldotna office of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources/Division of Parks. For more information, call the Kenai River Center at (907) 714-2471.
  • Non-profit organizations need to register as a sport fishing business if they are charging for their services.
  • All business owners are RESPONSIBLE for making sure that logbook data is submitted to ADF&G in the timely manner specified in the logbook.

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Guiding Requirements

What a guide must have in possession while guiding:

  • A current sport fishing guide registration.
  • A copy of the current ADF&G sport fishing business registration of the guide's employer.
  • A current Alaska sport fishing license, tags, stamps or permits that are required to engage in the sport fishery for which guide services are being provided.
  • An identification card issued to the sport fishing guide by a state or federal agency that bears a photo of the sport fishing guide.
  • Logbook (issued to business)
  • Vessel must be registered (if guiding from a vessel).
  • Other agencies (such as USCG) may have additional requirements. It is your responsibility to determine what requirements apply to you.

Application Process

How to Become a Registered Business or Guide

Application can be made in several ways:

  1. Apply at Online Licensing Store. Your registration will be emailed to you within 3 business days.
  2. Submit an application at any Alaska Department of Fish and Game area or regional office. The registration is effective immediately and is valid for 21 days. Before the 21 days pass ADF&G will email you your valid wallet-sized registration card.
  3. A Business/Guide Registration Application (link below) can be printed from your computer, filled out, and mailed to the Department of Fish and Game. Your registration card(s) will be emailed to you within 14 days.

IMPORTANT: This application alone does not allow you to legally guide or operate your guiding business. You must have a guide/business registration that has been signed by a department representative before initiating any guiding services. A permanent wallet-sized registration card will be emailed to you within 14 days. Do not provide guided services until you receive your permanent wallet-sized registration card.

  1. Print both the instructions page and the registration application.
  2. Follow the instructions as you fill out all applicable sections of the registration application.
  3. All applicable sections must be complete and legible, and they must reflect current certificate and license and registration numbers.
  4. Send the application to the address noted in the upper portion of the form:
    State of Alaska
    Department of Fish and Game - Sport Fish RTS
    333 Raspberry Road
    Anchorage, Alaska 99518-1599
  5. Do NOT fax or e-mail the application. An original signature must be on file.
  6. Sign and date your application.
  7. Incomplete or illegible forms will be returned, resulting in a processing delay.
  8. Please allow 14 days for processing and receipt of your wallet-sized registration card.

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Guide and Charter Business Licensing Legislation: Logbook Regulations

In 2016, the Alaska Legislature passed an amended version of HB41 ( external site link), that went in to effect in 2017, requiring guides and operators to be licensed in order to provide sport fishing services and sport fishing guide services in salt water. The Board of Fisheries adopted Proposal 277 in December 2016 that maintained freshwater guide and operator registration and fresh and salt water logbooks.

2018 update - House Bill 41 (HB 41) that went into effect on January 1, 2017 reinstated licensing requirements for saltwater businesses and guides and included a sunset provision of December 31, 2018. The Board of Fisheries adopted regulatory language in Proposal 175, as amended with substitute language in RC 50, in December 2018, to align regulations with statute, requiring guides and businesses that operate in freshwater and/or saltwater to register with the department.

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