Obtain an Alabama Fishing License Easily

Fishing Licenses Obtain an Alabama Fishing License Easily

How to Obtain a Fishing License in Alabama

Alabama is your perfect destination for fishing. It is not only part of the Gulf Coast, but there are also several lakes sprinkled throughout the state. Some of the more popular lakes include Dallas County Lake, Lay Lake, and Lewis Smith Lake.

Whether you like freshwater fish, or you would like to fish in the ocean, Alabama has plenty of fishing spots to choose from. However, before you get out your rod and reel, you will need to have a fishing license that is valid in the state of Alabama. Getting a fishing license can sometimes seem like a confusing and overwhelming task, but DoNotPay can help to make this chore much less stressful and much easier.

Who is Eligible to Get a Fishing License in Alabama?

All residents and non-residents who are 16 years and older are required to purchase a recreational fishing license. However, there are a few exceptions. For instance, if you are 65 or older, and can prove that you are a resident of Alabama, then you will not be required to purchase a recreational fishing license to fish.

Also, if you are fishing on your property, you do not have to have a fishing license either. There are also a few provisions that allow certain members of your family to fish on your land without a license. Here is a list of the people who can take advantage of this rule:

  • Landowner's children
  • Landowner's spouse
  • Landowner's siblings
  • Landowner's parents
  • Tenants that are paying rent on the property
  • Tenant's immediate family, including spouse, children, parents, and siblings

It is important to note that all family members must currently be a resident of Alabama to fish on the land without a license.

What are the Different Types of Fishing Licenses?

There is a wide range of fishing licenses that you can get in Alabama. Some licenses will only be valid for a few days, while others can be renewed annually. All annual fishing licenses expire on August 31st. Here is a look at the various fishing licenses that you can purchase.

Recreational Freshwater

This type of license will allow you to fish in any public freshwater location. If you only have a freshwater license, you will be fined if you catch any saltwater fish.

Commercial Freshwater

If you plan on using commercial fishing equipment, you must have a commercial fishing license. Some of the equipment that would require this type of license includes slat boxes, fyke nets, and trotlines. Not all freshwater locations will allow commercial equipment, so it is best to check with the park officials before using your commercial equipment at some lakes.

Saltwater License

Everyone between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a saltwater license if they plan to fish in any of the saltwater areas.

Spearfishing License

If you plan on using a spear to fish, you must have a spearfishing license. If you are caught with a spear in your boat and you do not have a spearfishing license, you could be penalized. You also need to have the appropriate type of fishing license in addition to the spearfishing license.

Temporary License

If you do not live in Alabama, and only plan on staying for a few days, you can purchase a temporary fishing license. You can choose between a one-day, 3-day, or 7-day fishing pass. They also offer family passes that allow up to four people to fish using a temporary license.

Lifetime License

A lifetime license allows you to make a one-time purchase of a freshwater and saltwater fishing license. This type of license will never expire and will stay valid for the length of your life.  In order to get a lifetime license, you must be able to prove that you live in Alabama. You must have a valid driver's license or other state-issued ID in order to prove that you are a resident of Alabama.

Fishing License Costs in Alabama

Here is a look at the various costs associated with the different types of fishing licenses in Alabama. It may be important to note that some licenses may be more expensive if you are not a resident of Alabama.

LicenseFor ResidentsFor Non-Residents
Freshwater LicenseAnnual Fee -  $14.05Annual Fee - $54.80

7-Day Trip - $30.70

3-Day Family Trip - $30.70

Saltwater LicenseAnnual cost - $24.35

7-Day Trip -  $10.15

Annual Fee -  $52.20

7-Day Trip - $28.85

SpearFishing Family Trip LicenseAnnual Fee - $8.50

7-Day Trip -  $3.50

Annual cost - $6.00

How to Get Your Alabama Fishing License on Your Own

Here is a look at the three different options you can choose from when getting your Alabama fishing license.

  1. U.S Postal Service

You can choose to purchase a fishing license by mailing a copy of your application, your payments, and a copy of your driver's license to Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, 64 N. Union St. Suite 567, Montgomery, AL 36104. Be sure to add "Attn: License Sales" to the envelope as well.

  1. In-Person

There are several license agents located throughout the state of Alabama. Many stores that sell hunting and fishing equipment will also sell fishing licenses. You can also visit your local probate office or your local license commissioner.

Once you have decided where you would like to purchase a fishing license from, simply go to the location, fill out the application, show your state-issued driver's license, and pay the appropriate fee.

  1. Email

Another option is to email your application and payment to the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. You can call (334) 242-3465 to get an application packet. Once you have completed the application to dcnr.wfflicense@dcnr.alabama.gov. Don't forget to send your payment information as well as a copy of your driver's license.

Next Steps for Getting Your Alabama Fishing License if You Can't Do it Yourself

If you choose to purchase your license through the mail, it could take several weeks before you receive your Alabama fishing license. However, sometimes, letters do have a tendency of getting lost in the mail. If it has been more than eight weeks since you have mailed in your application, you can call the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) at (334) 242-3465 to check the status of your application.

How DoNotPay Can Help You Get Your Alabama Fishing License

Trying to get your fishing license yourself can be a confusing and drawn-out process. Luckily, DoNotPay can get you your Alabama fishing license in just a few quick and easy steps.

  1. Search "fishing license" on DoNotPay and select the state you would like a fishing license for.
  2. Indicate whether you are a resident or non-resident, and choose the type of license that you want. For example, saltwater vs freshwater license, three day only pass, and more.
  3. Provide your contact information, a copy of your government-issued ID, and pay the fee required by the state.

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