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Fishing Licenses

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to go fishing and have never been before, what do I need to do?
Florida residents and visitors need a Florida freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the groups which is exempt. A fishing license is required to attempt to take fish. If you cast your line, catch nothing, catch and release, or catch and keep and you are not a member of one the exempted groups, you need a license. A saltwater fishing license is also required to attempt to take any native or nonnative marine organisms, such as crabs, lobsters, and marine plants. Licenses and permits are required to help or assist in the take. Someone who is passively participating (baiting hooks), whether actively fishing or not, must have a license. For a license checklist, you can visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's website.
Who is required to have a salt and freshwater fishing license?
Any Non-Resident or Florida Resident fishing from a boat and the shoreline. However, there are some exemptions.
I need to renew my fishing license. Where do I go?
To renew your license, you can renew online, go to a Tax Collector's office. Some licenses may also be renewed at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, various sporting goods outlets, or bait and tackle shops.
If I own property in Florida can I purchase a resident fishing License?
Only if you give up your out-of-state driver license and purchase a valid Florida driver license and register to vote or show you have homestead exemption on your property.
If I am a Florida resident and 65 years or older am I required to obtain a Fishing license?
No, you are only required to carry your Florida driver license.
What is required to obtain a Vessel license for Vessels charging a fee to take passengers out to catch Marine Fish?
A county business tax receipt, Captain license from the Coast Guard, vessel registered as Commercial and a driver license.
What are the different license fees for a Vessel license (Taking passengers out to catch Marine Fish)?
Eleven or more customers - $801.50
Five to ten customers - $401.50
Four or fewer customers - $201.50
** These licenses can only be obtained at Tax Collector offices
When is the Mini Lobster season in the Keys?
The last Wednesday and Thursday in July each year.
Where may I get a Fishing License?
At any of the Tax Collector's offices or online. Some licenses may be purchased from Wal-Mart, K-Mart, various sporting goods outlets, or bait and tackle shops.
Can I obtain a Lifetime or 5-Year License?
Yes, the only people eligible for these licenses are Florida Residents. This license can be purchased at the Tax Collector's office or online at www.myfwc.com .