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    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 groups listed below; 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.

    Some of these exemptions apply to "Florida Residents" only. Please be aware of the Florida
    state residency requirements.

    These exemptions may also apply to hunting, saltwater fishing, or freshwater fishing, or all

    You do not need a recreational hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater
    fishing license or a *Florida waterfowl, migratory bird, deer, turkey,
    snook, spiny lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzleloading
    season permit or management area permit if...
  • You are a child under 16 years of age.  (Also exempt from federal duck stamp
  • You are a Florida resident age 65 or older possessing proof of age and residency or
    possessing a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate.  Residents age
    65 or older may obtain, at no cost, complimentary hunting and fishing certificates from
    county tax collectors' offices.
  • You hunt or freshwater fish in your county of residence on your homestead or the
    homestead of your spouse or minor child, or if you are a minor child hunting or
    freshwater fishing on the homestead of your parent.
  • 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 a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you are
    not stationed in this state, and you are home on leave for 30 days or less, upon
    submission of orders.
  • You are hunting wild hog on private land.
  • You are observing or filming someone else who is fishing or hunting and you are not
    assisting in the take in any way.  If you help or assist in the take, whether you actively
    fish or hunt or not, you must have a license.
    * These exemptions do not apply for the federal duck stamp.

    You do not need a saltwater fishing license or a snook or spiny lobster
    *permit if...
  • You have been accepted as a client for developmental services by the Department of
    Children and Families .  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 fish for recreational purposes from a pier with a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
  • You have a valid saltwater products license  or a valid FWC charter captain  license
    (does not apply to charter boat or U.S. Coast Guard licenses).
  • You are a resident who is fishing for mullet in fresh water and you have a valid Florida
    resident freshwater fishing license.
  • 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 Families (DCF). Proof of
    identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by DCF or
    the Agency for Health Care Administration  must be on your person when fishing.
  • 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 are saltwater fishing during Free Saltwater Fishing Days
    * These exemptions do not apply to tarpon tags.

    National Saltwater Angler Registration
    Persons who are listed on the National Saltwater Angler Registry  are required to have a
    Florida recreational saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the
    exempted groups listed on this page.

    Shoreline saltwater fishing license
    Residents who are fishing for a saltwater species (other than mullet in fresh water) from land
    or from a structure fixed to the land are required to have a no-cost saltwater shoreline fishing
    license unless they have a regular saltwater fishing license or are exempt.

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