Florida Fishing License Information

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Information for obtaining a Florida fishing license, including helpful phone numbers and websites.

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 who fishes in Florida must have a fishing license. There are many different types available, but only recreational licenses are listed here.


A complete list and current fees can be found on the FWC’s website. The site also lists additional permits that might be required.


It is important to point out that all anglers must abide by all applicable saltwater regulations and freshwater regulations, even if he or she does not require a license.


Note: To obtain a resident license, a person must have resided in Florida for six continuous months prior to the issuance of a license; must claim Florida as his/her primary residence; or be any member of the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in Florida (includes spouse and dependent children residing in the household).


Resident licenses

Annual freshwater fishing (five-year also available)

Annual saltwater fishing (five-year also available)

Saltwater shoreline

Freshwater/saltwater combo

Freshwater fishing /hunting combo

Saltwater fishing/hunting combo

Freshwater & saltwater fishing/hunting combo

Multi-use licenses (for residents only)

Sportsman (includes freshwater fishing and hunting licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl permits)

Gold Sportsman (includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits)

Military Gold Sportsman (includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits) (sold only at tax collector's office)

Age 64 or older Sportsman (includes freshwater fishing and hunting licenses; and

Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits)


Nonresident licenses


Annual freshwater fishing

Annual saltwater fishing


Three-day freshwater fishing

Three-day saltwater fishing


Seven-day freshwater fishing

Seven-day saltwater fishing

Fishing licenses are easily available at bait and tackle shops and license offices throughout the state of Florida. They can also be purchased via telephone at 888-FISH-FLORIDA, or online at the FWC’s Online License & Permit Sales Site.

For More Information:

Fishing Licenses

Saltwater Rules & Regulations

Freshwater Rules & Regulations:

FWC Online License & Permit Sales Site


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My wife and I are both over 65 and are florida residents for over 24 years, do we need any type of fishing lic. for fishing from the beach or dock ?
I want to know if there is an address in Palm Beach Gardens where I can go to purchase a fishing license (s) to fish the lakes at PGA National golf courses. I am a resident and live at PGA National.
I live on a river that empties into the Gulf, at what point on the river is a freshwater license required?
I have tried to obtain a non resident fishing license on line without success. tried with last four of SSN and says no record. Tried my Alabama drivers license and it also says no record.
Answer:
Hi Stanley,
Thanks for reaching out.
I might know the problem. I just went online to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and applied for license to see what you’re talking about. http://myfwc.com/fishing/
The process is kind of funny. I put in the last four of my social and then my last name as shown on my driver’s license, and it told me the same thing; that it didn’t recognize it. It then took me to a page where I entered my full social. It then said ‘not found.’
But if you notice, it also has a button that says ‘create new record.’ I clicked on that, and voila, I could actually apply.
I believe the first entire part is simply to check and see if you already have a license. It’s very confusing.
Now, if you’ve done all that and it still won’t work, you’ll have to contact the folks at the Commission for help, since neither I or VISIT FLORIDA has anything to do with their software.
I have all my fingers at toes crossed for you.
Sunny Regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA
Me and my husband are both over 65 years old, we live in Alabama but want to fish in Fl. Do we need some type of license for out of state resident fishing???
How much for a visitor fishing license for over 64 year old and where is best to fish Orlando area,freshwater fishing.