Dip a line: Fishing license info
Saltwater fishing licenses are sold at all county tax collectors’ offices and at many bait-and-tackle shops. Licenses may also be obtained over the telephone by dialing toll free, 1-888-FISH-FLOrida (347-4356). For those with Internet access, licenses are now available on-line at MyFWC.com/Marine. An additional fee is charged for these services. For any recreational licensing information not contained in this publication, call your local county tax collectors’ office.
When applying for a saltwater recreational fishing license, you are considered to be a Florida resident if you are:
n Any person who has resided in Florida for six continuous months prior to applying for a resident license and who claims Florida as their primary residence.
n Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is stationed in this state, including spouse and dependent children residing in the household.
Florida Resident Fishing Licenses
nOne-year freshwater fishing license, $17
nFive-year freshwater fishing license, $79
nOne-year saltwater fishing license, $17
nFive-year saltwater fishing license, $79
nResident 64 or older Sportman’s license, $13.50
(includes freshwater fishing and hunting licenses; and wildlife management area,
archery, muzzle-loading gun, crossbow, turkey and Florida waterfowl permits)
nSportsman’s license, $80.50
nGold Sportsman’s license, $100
(includes hunting, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing licenses; and
wildlife management area, archery, muzzle-loading gun, crossbow, turkey and
Florida waterfowl, snook and lobster permits)
nMilitary Gold Sportsman’s license, $20
(includes hunting, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing licenses; and wildlife
management area, archery, muzzle-loading gun, crossbow, turkey and Florida
waterfowl, snook and lobster permits; sold only at tax collector’s office)
nFreshwater/saltwater fishing combo, $32.50
nFreshwater/saltwater fishing/hunting combo, $48
Nonresident Fishing Licenses
nNonresident annual freshwater/saltwater fishing, $47
nNonresident 3-day freshwater/saltwater fishing, $17
nNonresident 7-day freshwater/saltwater fishing, $30
Additional Privilege Permits
nSnook Permit, $2 Five-year (residents only), $10
nLobster Permit, $2 Five-year (residents only), $10
nTarpon tag, $51.50 If you are not required to buy a license, you are not required
to buy permits (except for tarpon).
Lifetime Licenses (For Florida Residents Only)
nLifetime Sportsman’s license includes hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater
fishing licenses; and wildlife management area, archery, muzzle-loading gun,
crossbow, turkey and Florida waterfowl, snook and lobster permits)
4 years or younger, $401.50 5-12 years, $701.50 13 years and older, $1,001.50
nLifetime Freshwater Fishing License
4 years or younger, $126.50 5-12 years, $226.50 13 years and older, $301.50
nLifetime Saltwater Fishing License (includes snook and lobster permits)
You Do Not Need A License If You Are:
Any child under 16 years of age.
Any person hunting or fishing in the person’s county of residence on the person’s homestead or the homestead of the person’s spouse or minor child, or any minor child hunting or fishing on the homestead of her or his parent.
Any resident who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is not stationed in this state, when home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
Any resident when fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines which are not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism, and fishing for noncommercial purposes in the county of her or his residence. A valid Fishing License is required to fish by any method in a Fish Management Area.
Any person fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or less which is located entirely within the private property of the fish pond owner. A fish pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.
Any person fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or more, where the pond owner has purchased a fish pond license at a fee of $3 per surface acre.
Any person fishing who has been accepted as a client for developmental services by the Department of Children and Family Services, which department shall furnish such person proof thereof.
Any resident 65 years of age or older, who has in her or his possession proof of age and residency. A free license may be obtained from any tax collector’s office upon proof of age and residency. A Florida Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate is accepted in Georgia, but a trout stamp may be required. (Note: a senior may purchase a regular license to help contribute to conservation both directly and by enabling us to count them as a paid license holder when Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration appropriates money to the states.)