Crafter’s License

The Department of the Navy is proud to offer a program that benefits crafters and hobbyists. A crafter is defined as an individual producing domestic handcrafted items in the home with Navy trademarks and selling to individual consumers via events or direct sales. Sale sites include street festivals, craft fairs, farmers markets, and online craft marketplaces like Etsy.

To qualify for the Crafter License Program, the following criteria need to be met:

  • Items must be hand-made; no commercially manufactured items are allowed.
  • If anticipated sales exceed 500 units or sales revenue exceeds $5,000 in one year, please refer to our Standard License Application.
  • A Crafter’s License allows for sales to individual consumers only, not via wholesale or a third party retailer. This means that sales may not be conducted through retail stores.
  • The following fees will apply on an annual basis:
    • $50 for gross sales between up to $1,499
    • $100 for gross sales between $1,500 and $2,499; and
    • $150 for gross sales between $2,500 and $5,000
  • The crafter is required to bear all risk in respect of the articles and hold the Department of the Navy harmless. The crafter may wish to purchase product liability insurance.
  • Licenses are valid for a term period, usually a 12 month period, and may be renewed at the sole discretion of the Department of the Navy.

Upon execution of a license and receipt of the licensing fee, an Officially Licensed Navy Crafter certificate will be provided for display by the crafter. Crafter’s are not required to purchase holograms, but may do so if they desire.

The application form should be completed and submitted together with an image or sample of the proposed product to Navy Trademark Licensing Office, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite W515, Arlington, VA 22203. You can check on the status of your application by emailing us at or by calling (703) 696-4002.

Once the samples are reviewed and approved, a Crafter’s License Agreement will be emailed to the crafter for review and signature. This License Agreement should be returned to: Navy Trademark Licensing Office, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite W515, Arlington, VA 22203. Please do not send any checks or payments. An invoice with instructions on how to process the payments will be sent.

We look forward to receiving your application