How to Get a Miami Dade Fishing License

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Fishing is a relaxing pastime that people all over the world love. Whether it's to catch your own lunch or just to have a little fun, though, you'll need to get a license before you can go fishing. Freshwater and saltwater recreational fishing permits are available. The types of fish you can take are limited by each license. Depending on your demands, combination licenses and commercial freshwater fishing licenses are also available.

If you're in need of a , DoNotPay can make it a whole lot easier to get out on the water with our helpful and convenient app.

Who Is Eligible to Get a Fishing License?

For the most part, just about anyone in Miami Dade can get a fishing license for either freshwater or saltwater fishing. Licenses are required for anyone 8-years-old and up. Different licenses are available in increments of a single year upwards of multiple years for different prices. Additionally, non-residents can purchase licenses for shorter increments (as low as three days at a time) or annual licenses.

All fishing in Miami Dade requires a license, but a few days out of each year are designated as free fishing days. On these days, you won't need a license to fish. The days are as follows:

  • The first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April and the second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June are freshwater fishing.
  • The first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June, the first Saturday in September, and the Saturday following Thanksgiving for saltwater fishing.

Additionally, saltwater fishing undertaken along the shoreline of the mainland does not require a license, either.

What Are the Different Types of Fishing Licenses?

Miami Dade offers a variety of fishing licenses. While various commercial options, tournament licenses, private pond permits, and the like exist, the two most relevant licenses are the saltwater and freshwater licenses. As the names suggest, these licenses allow you to fish in saltwater or freshwater bodies. Licenses exist that cover both and options like snook and lobster catching.

Additionally, lifetime options exist for each of these. These can be purchased separately, together, and even with the addition of a lifetime hunting license.

Fishing License Costs in Miami Dade

Different licenses will cost different prices. The price for a varies based on your age, how long the license lasts, where you intend to fish, and much more. Here's a quick cost breakdown of some of the major options:

Saltwater and Freshwater License Costs

Saltwater and freshwater licenses cost the same but must be purchased individually (or as a combined license).

Resident annual license$17
Resident 5-year license$79
Non-residents 3-day license$17
Non-residents 7-day license$30
Non-residents annual license$47

Combined License Costs (Residents Only)

Resident annual saltwater and freshwater license$32.50
Residents annual saltwater and freshwater + fishing plus hunting license$48

Lifetime License Costs

Residents can purchase both saltwater and freshwater lifetime licenses, see table below for the cost according to age group.

Ages 4 and younger$126.50
Ages 5 to 12$226.50
Ages 13 and older$301.50

Additionally, keep in mind that each payment method comes with small additional fees. The tax collector's office will take an extra $1 processing fee, while agents take an additional $0.50. Orders placed online (including with the app) charge an extra $2.25 or $1.75 + 2.5% of the surcharge, and those placed by phone are an extra $4.25 + 2.5% of the surcharge.

How to Obtain a Miami Dade Fishing License on Your Own

You can use a few options to get a fishing license in Miami Dade. While it's not the most difficult process, it can be time-consuming, which is one reason DoNotPay can benefit you. If you're sure you'd like to do it on your own, though, you can do so by:


  1. Head to the Go Outdoors Florida website (
  2. Click on the purchase a license button, then register for an account or log in to your existing account.
  3. Fill out the required information.
  4. Pay the fee.
  5. Place your order. Your license should be sent to you soon.


  1. Download the Go Outdoors Florida app for Apple or Android.
  2. Register or log in to an account.
  3. Fill out the required information.
  4. Pay the fee.
  5. Place your order. Your license should be sent to you soon.


  1. Head down to a location that offers fishing license purchases (various big box stores and bait and tackle shops offer license purchases, but the cheapest option is the tax collector's office).
  2. Fill out the forms.
  3. Pay the fee.
  4. Return your information and get your license.

By Phone

  1. Call 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356).
  2. Give the necessary information for your registration.
  3. Give your payment information to pay the fee.
  4. Confirm your registration. Your license should be sent to you soon.

Using DoNotPay to Obtain a Miami Dade Fishing License

DoNotPay makes getting your fishing license in Miami Dade so much simpler. Just follow these three easy steps and you'll be out on the water in no time:

  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.

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