Complete Guide to Obtaining a Florida Fishing License

Fishing Licenses Complete Guide to Obtaining a Florida Fishing License

Your Guide to Obtaining a Florida Fishing License

Florida's location gives you many opportunities for exciting fishing adventures. You can head to Jacksonville, which is at the mouth of St. Johns River and faces the Atlantic Ocean, and you'll find an abundance of freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities. Sarasota has a huge network of flats, sand bars, and seagrass meadows, so it's known for its inshore fishing. Or maybe you want to do some fishing on Lake Okeechobee, Lake George, or even fish in the Everglades.

No matter where you want to fish, it is imperative you understand the fishing ordinances and the licensing requirements. If you have questions about obtaining a Florida fishing license, DoNotPay can help. 

Who Needs a Fishing License?

You need a Florida fishing license if you are:

  • Aged 16 years old, or older
  • Passively participating in fishing activities, such as by baiting hooks or offering other assistance
  • Listed on the National Saltwater Angler Registry

You may be exempt from fishing license requirements if you meet certain criteria. Some exemptions include, but are not limited to:

  • Resident seniors (65+ years old with proof of age/residency)
  • Individuals freshwater fishing in their county of residence on their own homestead (or that of a spouse, minor child, or minor child fishing on a parent's homestead)
  • Florida residents certified as permanently disabled may obtain a Disabled Person's Hunting and Fishing License
  • Florida residents in the Armed Forces who are stationed elsewhere but are home on leave for 30 days or less
  • Disabled veterans, active-duty military, reserve duty military and their immediate family and/or assistants participating in certain permitted outdoor recreational events, with the correct exemption permits
  • Individuals fishing in freshwater on free freshwater fishing day, or fishing in saltwater on free saltwater fishing days
  • Individuals with a valid Georgia fishing license fishing the St. Mary's River or Lake Seminole (though this does not extend to tributary creeks in Florida)

What Are the Different Types of Fishing Licenses?

In Florida, you can obtain a variety of different types of licensing. These depend on your residency status, the type of fishing you plan to do, and how long you need to have an active license.

Freshwater Fishing License

A freshwater fishing license is required in Florida to take or even attempt to take any native or non-native freshwater fish: 

Resident Annual$17.00
Resident Five-Year$79.00
Non-Resident Annual$47.00
Non-Resident 3-Day$17.00
Non-Resident 7-Day$30.00

A lifetime freshwater fishing license includes a Freshwater Fishing license.

Age 4 or younger$126.50
Ages 5-12$226.50
Ages 13 and older$301.50

Saltwater Fishing License 

A saltwater fishing license is required to take, or attempt to take, saltwater fish, marine plants, crabs, claims or other saltwater organisms, regardless if taken from state or federal waters.

Resident Annual$17.00
Resident Five-Year$79.00
Non-Resident Annual$47.00
Non-Resident 3-Day$17.00
Non-Resident 7-Day$30.00

A lifetime saltwater fishing license includes a saltwater fishing license and snook and lobster permits. 

Age 4 or younger$126.50
Ages 5-12$226.50
Ages 13 and older$301.50

Saltwater Shoreline Online Fishing License

This is required for saltwater fishing from a shoreline, or a structure affixed to shore. (Not valid for fishing from a vessel, any shoreline reached by vessel, or when attempting to take by swimming or diving.)

  • Resident Annual Saltwater Shoreline License: No-Cost

Saltwater Permits

Additional permits are required for:

  • State Reef Angler Designation (ages 16+)
  • Shore-based Shark Fishing
  • Snook
  • Spiny Lobster
  • Tarpon Tags
  • Trap Registration - Blue Crab
  • Trap Registration - Stone Crab

How to Obtain Your Florida Fishing License on Your Own

Obtaining a Florida fishing license on your own requires that you understand all the requirements based on the type of fishing activity you intend to engage in. You need to make sure you have a valid fishing license so you do not incur fees or have legal action taken against you.

Understand the Requirements

  1. Visit The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. Choose between Saltwater Fishing Licenses or Freshwater Fishing Licenses
  3. Read through all the information, including additional links. This is where you can verify all requirements and check to see if you meet exemption eligibility requirements.
  4. If you do not understand the requirements or need more information, you can contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more information.
  • Licensing and Permitting: 850-488-3641
  • Florida's Relay Service for Persons with Speech or Hearing Impairments: 800-955-8771 (T); 800-955-8770 (V)

Apply for Your License

You can apply for a fishing license online or in a variety of other ways in Florida: 

  • Online at
  • In-person at a licensed agent or tax collector's office
  • By calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356) or 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (888-486-8356)
  • Through the Fish|Hunt FL App, available on Apple and Android devices

How to Obtain a Fishing License With the Help of DoNotPay

There are a lot of requirements to understand, and a variety of different types of fishing licenses. Depending on the type of water you plan to fish in, and the type of fish or organisms you plan to catch/trap, you may need different licenses and permits. It can be frustrating to understand the requirements and exemptions, especially if you are trying to obtain fishing licenses for a family or group that has different ages or may be exempt from licensing requirements. To save yourself the time of researching and wading through information, DoNotPay can help you today. 

How to get your fishing license using DoNotPay:

If you want to get your fishing license but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 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 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. 

Why Use DoNotPay To Get Your Florida Fishing License? 

DoNotPay makes the entire process fast, easy and successful. You don't have to research and read all the legal requirements or try to understand the different types of licensing requirements. Instead, you give us your information, and we help guide you through the process quickly and efficiently. DoNotPay wants to make the process as simple as possible.

DoNotPay Can Help With Any Fishing License  

We can do more than help you obtain a fishing license in Florida. If you want a lifetime license in New York, we can help. If you're traveling and want to get several short-term licenses across several states, we can help with that too. In fact, obtaining multiple licenses with DoNotPay would be much simpler than going through multiple agencies in different states.

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