Fishing Licenses

Shoreline License and Exemptions

Florida's resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore will need to obtain a Resident Shoreline Saltwater Fishing License, unless they have a Resident Saltwater Fishing License or a privilege that includes a saltwater fishing license. The Resident Shoreline Saltwater Fishing License is free.

Florida requires nonresidents to have a nonresident saltwater fishing license. Anyone who is exempt from purchasing a saltwater fishing license is also exempt from purchasing the shoreline license including:

  • Any individual under 16 years of age.
  • Any resident fishing in saltwater from a licensed fishing pier.
  • Florida residents 65 years of age and older. You must carry your Florida driver license or proof of age and residency.
  • Any individual fishing from a boat that has been issued a vessel saltwater fishing license.
  • 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.
  • Residents who are totally and permanently disabled and they must present authorized disability statements with proof of residency.
  • Any 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.
  • Residents receiving food stamps, temporary cash assistance or Medicaid (must have the identification card and positive proof of identification in his or her possession when fishing).
  • Residents fishing in their county of residence who use cane poles or other gear that does not depend on mechanical retrieval.

 For more information, please contact our office.