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How to Get Your Fishing License In a Jiffy

How to Get Your Fishing License In a Jiffy

By Debbie Hanson

Apr 21, 2016

Need to get a fishing license in a jiffy? No problem! Just follow these easy steps to get your state fishing license fast!

You have to figure out how to get a fishing license in a jiffy because your friends just called to let you know that the bite is on. You haven't been fishing in awhile, and you're not even sure you remember what it is that you need to do to get your fishing license… much less how to get it quickly. Although, you also know that you don’t want to miss out on the fishing fun this year, so you have to figure it out ASAP.

Relax, you've got this! You can either purchase your fishing license online or, in some states, you can also purchase your license by phone -- both methods are easy and affordable. Plus, you will have your license in plenty of time to make that upcoming fishing trip.

Follow These Steps to Get Your License

  1. If you are visiting a new state and aren't sure how to get a fishing license, the first thing you will need to do is check with the state fish and wildlife agency or department of natural resources to get the fishing license rules and regulations for the state you are visiting. The state agency can tell you what the license age requirements are and provide information on daily, short-term, annual, or lifetime fishing licenses.
  2. To get your fishing license online, find links to fishing license information by state at
  3. Follow the links provided by the state agency or department of natural resources that tell you how to get a fishing license using your credit card. Many states allow you to print your license immediately after purchase. Then, by providing a valid email address, a copy of your recreational fishing license can also be sent to your email.
  4. Some states, such as Florida, also provide you with the option of purchasing your license by phone using a toll-free number.
  5. Know that when you purchase your fishing license, you are helping to conserve and protect state aquatic resources for generations to come.

Still have questions about how to get a fishing license? You can watch a quick video on how to get a fishing license for additional information and tips.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.