Get a Florida Fishing License
Before you buy a Florida fishing license, you may have questions about when a license is needed or what the fishing license requirements are. This section will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying a license to go fishing in the state of Florida.
Get a Florida Fishing License
Florida Fishing License Information
If you are planning a fishing trip in the state of Florida, use this Florida fishing license Q&A guide as a helpful resource. Find out who needs a license, get information on license costs, and learn where you can purchase a Florida fishing license.
Funds spent on Florida fishing licenses go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to provide optimum sustained use of Florida's natural aquatic resources. Each fishing license purchase helps recover excise taxes from the Federal government, which you spend on items such as fishing tackle, boats, and for motor boat fuel taxes, through the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration program.
Florida Fishing License FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
You can find answers here to some of the most frequently asked questions about Florida fishing licenses.
- Who needs a Florida fishing license? Both Florida residents and visitors are required to possess a Florida freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license when engaged in fishing activities. In other words, a license is required anytime you are attempting to catch fish. If you cast out a line or practice catch and release, you need a Florida fishing license. Licenses and permits are also required to help or assist in the take. Someone who is passively participating (rigging lines or baiting hooks), whether actively fishing or not, must have a license and any appropriate permits.
- Do senior citizens need a license to fish in Florida? Resident seniors age 65 or older with proof of age or residency (such as a valid Florida Driver's License or ID Card) or possessing an optional Resident 65+ Hunt/Fish Certificate (available at no-cost online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or at county tax collectors' offices) are exempt from recreational freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing licenses.
- How much is a fishing license in Florida? Florida fishing license costs vary depending on if you are a resident or visitor, the type of license (freshwater or saltwater), and the license period (5-year, annual, 3-day, 7-day, lifetime). As an example, an annual resident freshwater fishing license currently costs $17. These costs are subject to change however, so always be sure to check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for updates.
- Where can I purchase a Florida fishing license? You can purchase a Florida fishing license online, in person at an approved license agent or tax collector's office, or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356), or through the Fish|Hunt FL App on Apple and Android devices.
- Can you get a lifetime fishing license in Florida? Yes, lifetime fishing licenses are available for purchase in Florida. These long-term licenses are ideal for young Florida residents who are avid anglers and outdoors enthusiasts. Lifetime licenses also remain valid for use in Florida even if the license holder moves out of the state. Check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for current lifetime license costs.
Questions About Florida Fishing License Sales Online
- Can I buy a Florida fishing license online? Yes, you can purchase a Florida fishing license online. Saltwater or freshwater licenses are available, as well as combination licenses that cover both saltwater and freshwater.
- Can I renew my Florida fishing license online? Yes, renewing your Florida fishing license online is easy and only takes a few minutes. To renew, log into your Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission online account and renew your license before the expiration date, or you can choose the auto-renew feature within your account.
Questions About Fishing License Information and Requirements
- Can you fish without a license in Florida? No, unless you are a member of a group that is exempt from Florida fishing license requirements or it is a state-designated free fishing day.
- How much is a ticket for fishing without a license in Florida? Fishing in Florida without a license is a level one violation under Section 379.354 of the Florida statutes and considered a noncriminal infraction. Level one violations involving fishing license requirements carry a civil penalty equal to the cost of the license plus $50.
- Do I need a license to scallop in Florida? Yes, a Florida saltwater fishing license is required in order to recreationally harvest bay scallops unless you are 1. exempt from needing a license or 2. have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading from shore to collect scallops (i.e. feet do not leave bottom to swim, snorkel, or SCUBA and harvesters do not use a vessel to reach or return from the harvest location). Seasons and bag limits also apply.
- Do I need a license to catch lobster in Florida? Yes, required licenses include the recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit, unless exempt. Seasons and bag limits also apply.
If you have additional questions about Florida fishing licenses which have not been answered through this Florida Fishing License FAQ, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.