To replace a lost or stolen license or permit, you may reprint it at anytime online at no cost, or visit a license agent or tax collector's office to have it reprinted for a $2.50 fee. Licenses can also buy downloaded electronically with the FCC’s Fish|Hunt FL App on Apple or Android smartphones or tablets.
Reading Time: 5minutes Fishing is such an important part of life in the Sunshine State that you’ll find it hard not to pick up a rod while you’re here. Most residents and visitors to Florida need to purchase a fishing license before they cast a line.
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.
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. The price of a Florida license depends on whether you’re a Florida resident or if you’re visiting from out of state.
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).
You can catch most fish with a regular salt or freshwater license (as long as they’re legal to target). 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. 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.
You can fish Georgia's sections of the St Mary’s River and Lake Seminole with an FL license. Senior Florida residents don’t need a license to fish or to harvest Shook and Lobster.
Importantly, you must carry proof of age and address at all times while fishing. The only exception is military personnel stationed in Florida, who count as residents for licensing purposes.
Foreign nationals can buy the standard non-resident fishing licenses, just like Americans from other states. All individuals 16 years old and over are required to have their own recreational licenses.
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The FCC’s Fish|Hunt FL app makes it easy to ensure you are never without your fishing and hunting licenses and permits. There are also a variety of other offerings on the app like Harvest Reporting, fishing and hunting regulations, sunrise/sunset times, feeding times, MA brochures, etc.
In other words, if you only have a freshwater license and are primarily fishing for large mouth bass or bream (freshwater species) in a river, but happen to catch a red drum (a saltwater species), you must immediately release the red drum. Annual recreational hunting and fishing licenses expire one year from the date issued.
Enter your identification information and click “Continue” Your current licenses will be listed. At this point, you may continue and purchase a replacement or new license or close out to end the session.
Yes, unless you are a member of a group that is exempt from Florida's recreational saltwater fishing license requirement. Licenses are also available via the Internet or a toll free call to credit card users, for an additional convenience fee.
In addition, each license holder that buys a license, helps the FCC to recover excise taxes from the Federal government, which you spend on items such as fishing tackle, boats, and for motorboat fuel taxes, through the Federal Aid in Sport fish Restoration program. At various times the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management arranges special bonus offers and incentives to encourage anglers to purchase a fishing license and support conservation.
Although youth under 16 and seniors over 65, or anglers fishing in their county of residence with a cane pole do not need licenses, by buying one they contribute to conservation, and help the state recover more of your Federal tax money for sport fish restoration. You should not be surprised if an officer asks a few questions to ensure the people who are fishing are in fact properly licensed.
The officer may have more questions should there, for instance, be more fishing lines in the water than there are licensed (or legally exempt) anglers. Saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and hunting licenses Shook, lobster, deer, management area, muzzle loading, turkey, archery, crossbow, * Florida waterfowl, and migratory bird permits.
Youth under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license, although they must abide by all other fishing regulations such as gear type, bag and size limits. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) collects social security number (SSN) for the issuance of recreational and professional licenses or permits to an individual in accordance with s. 379.352 F.S.
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Request for Exemption from Public Records For the purposes of hunting or fishing in Florida, a Resident is : A member of the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in the state and his or her family members residing with such member; or Any person who has declared Florida as his or her only state of residence as evidenced by a valid Florida driver license or identification card with both a Florida address and a Florida residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or, in the absence thereof, one of the following: A current Florida voter information card; A sworn statement manifesting and evidencing domicile in Florida in accordance with s. 222.17 Proof of a current Florida homestead exemption; or For a child younger than 18 years of age, a student identification card from a Florida school or, when accompanied by his or her parent at the time of purchase, the parent's proof of residency.
You can log into MassFishHunt to re- print it using your customer ID or your date of birth. You can either show a paper copy or display an image of your license on your mobile device.
If a tag is required, as it is for hunting deer, bear, and turkey, hunters must carry a paper copy of the tag attached to the appropriate documentation (i.e. license or permit).