How To Get an Out of State Fishing License

From coast to coast, the United States offers endless fishing and boating options for the adventurous angler. An east coast saltwater angler may test her fly fishing skills against salmon in Colorado’s Gunnison River. A young urban angler of Detroit could chase new challenges catching peacock bass in Miami canal systems. An angler is shaped by the breadth of their experiences and their willingness to try new things. The beauty of fishing is that there is always something new to learn. But before you take off on your next angling adventure, you must know the fishing license requirements of your destination. Here are some tips for purchasing an out of state fishing license.

Types of Fishing Licenses

Many states offer a variety of non resident fishing license options such as single-day, multi-day, family licenses and even annual. Research the options so you can decide what’s best for you.

Go Online

The number one way to get an out of state fishing license is to order it online from the comfort of your home (or your work, we won’t judge). Not sure where to look? Visit your state page to get non resident fishing license information for all fifty states. Your license will be mailed to you and you’ll receive an email confirmation you can use as validation in the interim.

Visit a Retailer

Let’s say you’ve arrived at your fishing destination and, amidst your excitement, forgot to order your license ahead of time. Swing in to any local outfitter or sporting goods retailer and an associate can process your out of state fishing license on the spot. You might even be able to get insider tips on what the fish are biting.

Ask About Reduced-fee Fishing Licenses

Be sure to inquire about whether the state offers a free or reduced-fee fishing license. In some cases, youth licenses can be free, and some states offer free fishing days.

Learn when you need a fishing license and get more tips on how to get your fishing license.

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Alycia Downs

Alycia Downs

Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at or on Instagram @tideandtale.