Our advice is to purchase both a salt and a freshwater license if you’re planning to catch a variety of fish. If you catch a fish you’re not covered for, make sure to release it immediately.
The good news for visitors to Florida is that saltwater fishing charters cover licensing for everyone on board, so you can just sit back and enjoy your time on the water. Fish with a guide in freshwater, however, and you’ll still need to purchase your own license.
Additionally, the following groups don’t need to pay to fish: Military personnel from Florida can fish for free if they’re visiting home for up to a month.
Florida's residents receiving benefits or food stamps can do land-based saltwater fishing without a license. Anyone whose eligible to fish without a license should make sure to bring proof to show the Coast Guard.
License President CostNonresident Cost 3-Day Freshwater N/A$17 7-Day Freshwater N/A$30 Annual Freshwater $$1747 5-Year Freshwater $79N/A 3-Day Saltwater N/A$17 7-Day Saltwater N/A$30 Annual Saltwater $$1747 5-Year Saltwater $79N/A Annual Freshwater/Saltwater Combo $32.50N/ATO count as a Florida resident for fishing purposes, you should either have declared Florida as your only state of residence or be a member of the US Armed Forces who is stationed in Florida. Apart from a small processing fee, all the money you spend goes to the Florida Wildlife Commission (FCC).
However, there are three species that need an additional tag or permit in Florida. Anglers in private boats also need a free permit to fish for popular reef species like Snappers and Groupers.
You can buy a Florida license online or at a number of registered retailers. These include Walmart, tax collector’s offices, and registered bait and tackle shops.
The most cost-effective way of getting a fishing license is going to your local tax collector’s office. That said, many people find the added convenience of getting licensed in Walmart, online, or at your local tackle shop is worth the small additional fee that these places charge.
Unlike some states, annual fishing licenses in Florida are valid for 12 months from the date they were issued. You’ll always know whether you’re still covered, as the expiration date will be printed on the license itself.
The only exception is military personnel stationed in Florida, who count as residents for licensing purposes. This includes seniors, active and former military personnel, and those with disabilities.
Foreign nationals can buy the standard non-resident fishing licenses, just like Americans from other states. Expand All | Collapse All Required to take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams, marine plants or other saltwater organisms (other than non-living seashells and lionfish with certain gear).
A Florida fishing license is required to land saltwater species in Florida regardless of where they are caught (state or federal waters). Valid for saltwater fishing from the shoreline or a structure affixed to shore.
Includes Saltwater Fishing, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Shook and Lobster permits. Includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Shook and Lobster permits.
Available to Florida residents who are active duty or retired military members at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com through an online verification process. The license is also available at Florida tax collectors' offices with proof of residency and a current military identification card.
For more information, please read about the State Reef Fish Survey. Required, in addition to a saltwater fishing license, when landing tarpon.
Does not cover fishing from a watercraft, fishing from a shoreline reached by watercraft, or fishing while swimming or diving. Three-day Saltwater License$17.00Seven-day License$30.00Annual License$47.00Annual Shook Permit $10.00Five-Year Shook Permit (Florida residents only)$50.00Annual Spiny Lobster Permit $5.00Five-Year Spiny Lobster Permit (Florida residents only)$25.00Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collector offices)$51.50Unless exempt from license requirements, permits are necessary for the take of Shook and Spiny Lobster. No exemptions except youth under age 16.$0.00Annual Shore-Based Shark FishingPermit $0.00Annual Blue Crab Trap Registration$0.00Annual Stone Crab Trap Registration$0.00These new no-cost permits are available online only at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
Available for Florida residents who are active duty or retired military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve at county tax collectors’ offices with current military identification card or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com through an online verification process. Includes Saltwater Fishing license and Shook and Spiny Lobster Hermitage: 0–$4126.50Age: 5–$12226.50Age: 13 or older$301.50Includes Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses and Shook, Spiny Lobster, Management Area, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzle loading, Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl permits. Age: 0–$4401.50Age: 5–$12701.50Age: 13 or older$1,001.50 Saltwater fishing licenses can be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, at county tax collectors’ offices and license agents, or by calling toll-free 888-FISH- FLORIDA (347 – 4356). Active duty United States military personnel stationed in Florida, including spouses and dependent children residing in the household, with military orders.
Florida resident fishing within his or her county of residence with live or natural bait, using poles or lines not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism. Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License holder.
Florida resident 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. Must have proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Agency for Health Care when fishing.
Charter Boat and Charter Captain licenses are available and required to carry paying customers (where a fee is paid directly or indirectly) to take, attempt to take, or possess saltwater fish or organisms.