Lotteries for Dive and Drag Scallop Licenses Open September 14

Augusta - The Maine Department of Marine Resources is announcing the opening of two license lotteries: one for scallop drag licenses and one for scallop dive licenses. Based on licenses retired in 2019, the Department is making available 10 scallop drag licenses and 4 scallop dive licenses.

The license lotteries will open at noon on Monday, September 14 and will remain open until 4:30 pm on October 30. In order to be eligible for the scallop license lottery, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Is a Maine resident and 18 years of age or older

  • Held in any previous calendar year or currently holds any commercial license issued by the Department of Marine Resources (under 12 M.R.S Part 9), or has in the past or currently is crewing onboard an active commercial scallop vessel

  • Has not been convicted or adjudicated of a marine resources offense that resulted in a license suspension within the last 7 years

  • Does not currently possess a Scallop Dive or Scallop Drag license issued by Maine

Anyone meeting these criteria may enter either, or both, lotteries. However, please be aware that there is no opportunity to change your license type once you have been selected in that lottery. For example, if you win a dive license, that license cannot be changed to a drag license. For this reason, if you have no intention of participating as a diver or a dragger, please refrain from entering that particular lottery so that individuals who do intend to participate may have a chance to do so.

More information on eligibility criteria is available online.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine their eligibility to participate in the scallop license lotteries. If an applicant is drawn, but determined to be ineligible, that drawing shall be void and the Department will draw another individual. The $2 application fee submitted with an ineligible application is non-refundable.

Applicants may enter online at or may or may complete a paper application at the DMR offices in the Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta. The Department will not be accepting paper applications through the mail.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is available online as well.

If you have remaining questions, please call Maine DMR at 624-6550, Option 2 and we will try to assist you.