Saltwater Fishing in Florida
What you must know before you go
Saltwater fishing licenses are sold online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, at county tax collectors’ offices and at many license agents. Licenses may also be obtained over the telephone by dialing toll-free, 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet services. For any recreational licensing information not contained in this publication, please go to MyFWC.com/License.
When applying for a saltwater recreational fishing license, you are considered to be a Florida resident if you are:
Any person who has declared Florida as his or her only state of residence as evidenced by a valid Florida driver license or identification card with both a Florida address and a Florida residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety; or
Any member of the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in Florida (includes spouse and dependent children residing in the household).
Gold sportsman’s licenses
Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses
Management Area, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Deer, Snook and Spiny Lobster permits
Florida residents may buy a lifetime saltwater fishing license or a lifetime sportsman license. Holders of lifetime saltwater fishing licenses may fish in saltwater for life and will pay no additional fees. The lifetime license fee includes the taking of snook or spiny lobster, which would otherwise require a separate fee. A lifetime sportsman license allows holders to fish in freshwater or saltwater and to hunt in Florida. Both of the licenses require holders to obey fishing or hunting laws in effect at any given time.
You do not need a license if you are:
A resident who is saltwater fishing from land or a structure fixed to land who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services. Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be on your person when fishing.
A child under 16 years of age.
Any resident fishing for recreational purposes only, within her or his county of residence with live or natural bait, using poles or lines not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism.
Fishing from a for-hire vessel-guide, charter, party boat-that has a valid charter boat license or charter captain license.
A holder of a valid saltwater products license.
A Florida resident 65 years of age or older and you possess proof of age and residency, such as a Florida driver’s license or ID, or an optional no-cost Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. This does not include family members.
Any person fishing who has been accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, provided the agency furnishes proof thereof.
Fishing for recreational purposes from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel fishing license.
A Florida resident who is fishing for mullet in freshwater with a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.
A Florida resident who possesses a no-cost Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate. In order to qualify for this, applicants must provide a certification of total and permanent disability from the United States Armed Forces, Railroad Retirement Board, Florida Worker’s Compensation or the United States Veterans Administration. Alternatively, current documentation from the Social Security Administration for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits also will be accepted.
Florida resident licenses
One-Year Saltwater Shoreline Only License; $0.00 (Covers saltwater fishing from shorelines and attached structures. Does not cover fishing from a watercraft, fishing from a shoreline reached by watercraft, or fishing while swimming or diving.)
One-Year Saltwater License $17.00 (Covers both watercraft and shoreline fishing.)
Youth Saltwater Fishing License – valid until 17th birthday $17.00
Five-Year Saltwater License $79.00
Combination licenses (Florida residents only)
Fishing-Saltwater/Freshwater & Hunting $48.00
One-Year Gold Sportsman’s License $100.00
Five-Year Gold Sportsman’s License $494.00
Youth Gold Sportsman’s License – valid until 17th birthday $100.00
One-Year Military Gold Sportsman’s License $20.00 (Offers the same privileges as the Gold Sportsman’s License. Available only to Florida residents who are active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve, the National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, upon submission of a current military identification card and proof of Florida residency. Purchase at county tax collector’s offices only.)
Lifetime saltwater fishing license (Florida residents only; includes Snook and Lobster Permits)
Age: 04 $126.50
Age: 512 $226.50
Age: 13 or older $301.50
Lifetime sportsman license (Florida residents only)
Age: 04 $401.50
Age: 512 $701.50
Age: 13 or older $1,001.50
Three-day License $17.00
Seven-day License $30.00
One-Year License $47.00
Snook Permit $10.00
Five-Year Snook Permit (Florida residents only) $50.00
Spiny Lobster Permit $5.00
Five-Year Spiny Lobster Permit (Florida residents only) $25.00
Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collector offices) $51.50
If you are required to have a license, even the $0.00 shoreline license, you are required to purchase permits to harvest Snook and Spiny Lobster.