How to Get Your Fishing License on Your Phone

Are you wondering how to get your fishing license on your phone? Given the digital age we live in, most states now offer the option of purchasing and storing your fishing license on your smartphone without the need for a paper or hard card license.

Can I have my fishing license on my phone?

Yes. There are a few reasons why you might want to go paperless by purchasing and storing your fishing license on your phone. What if you decide to head off on a spontaneous fishing trip with your friend when he or she tells you that the bite is hot? What if you go on a camping trip with your family in a different state and happen upon a perfect spot to fish that’s near your campsite?

Buying Your Fishing License on Your Phone

Check with the state fish and wildlife agency in the state where you plan to fish to confirm that a fishing license can be purchased by calling the agency or through a smartphone app. You’ll also want to verify that you’ll receive some type of confirmation to prove that you purchased the license, and that the agency will accept that proof as valid in the event a wildlife officer needs to check. For example, in the state of Florida, you can purchase your license by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356) or by downloading the “Go Outdoors Florida” App if you don’t mind paying a nominal handling fee.

In the state of Florida, you are provided with a confirmation number when you purchase your fishing license by calling the 888 number. This confirmation number is then provided as proof that you have purchased your license until your actual license arrives in the mail.

Can You Have Your Fishing License on Your Phone

Many states offer a mobile app that allows you to renew, purchase, and store our fishing licenses and permits on your phone. In Florida, you can download the free Fish | Hunt Florida mobile app to renew, purchase, and store your licenses on your smartphone or tablet.

What if you already have your fishing license and want to know, “Can I show my fishing license on my phone by using a photo? In other words, you may be wondering if you can take a photo of your paper or hard card license and use a photo as proof. The answer is that many states will not accept a photo as proof because wildlife officers may not have the capability of verifying a photo of your fishing license. For more information directly to the state agency’s website and see if there is a site search option, then type in “fishing license on phone” or “can you show fishing license on phone” for clarification or call the state agency and ask, “Can you keep your fishing license on your phone?”

To sum up, if you’ve been wondering, “Can I have my fishing license on my phone?” – the answer is yes (when the state agency provides a digital version). Always contact the appropriate state agency to find out about state-specific rules or requirements.

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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.