Fishing Licenses

Exemptions from Saltwater Fishing Licenses

Florida law requires possession of a valid fishing license when saltwater fishing with the following exceptions:

  • You are under 16 years of age.
  • You are a resident fishing in saltwater from a licensed fishing pier.
  • You are a Florida resident 65 years of age and older. You must carry your Florida driver license or proof of age and residency.
  • Military personnel who are residents of Florida and are home on leave for a period of 30 days or less and have valid orders in their possession.
  • You are a Florida resident certified as totally and permanently disabled and you possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
  • You are a resident who is fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism and you are fishing for noncommercial purposes in your home county.  However, you must have a valid fishing license to fish by any method in a fish management area.
  • You have been accepted as a client for developmental services by the Department of Children and Family Services.  The department must furnish proof to such clients.
  • You fish from a for-hire vessel (guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid vessel license.
  • You fish from a vessel, the operator of which has a valid vessel license issued in the name of the operator of the vessel.
  • You are a resident who is saltwater fishing from land or a structure fixed to land who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by DCFS or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be on your person when fishing.

For more information, please contact our office.