|Charter Boat and Fishing Guide Captain Information
vessels on inland or near coastal ocean waters. With only a few
exceptions all vessel operators carrying passengers for hire are
required to hold a professional captains license as either OUPV or
hold a license as master with an appropriate tonnage limitation for the
to register with the state you are going to operate in as a fishing guide.
The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) captain license
issues the authority to operate a small (less than about 65 feet) power-
driven vessel carrying 6 or fewer passengers for hire, not counting the
operator or crew. It is sometimes called the "6-pack license" because of
its limitation to 6 passengers. This is the most common captain license
held by fishing guides and the operators of small charter boats.
OUPV Professional Requirements (46 CFR 11.467)
The OUPV License is issued with either an inland or near coastal route.
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