What You Must Know Before You Go

    Saltwater fishing licenses are sold at all county tax collectors’ offices and at many
    license agents. Licenses may also be obtained over the telephone by dialing toll-free, 1-
    888 FISH FLORIDA (347-4356).  Licenses are now available online at MyFWC.com. An
    additional fee is charged for these services.

    Florida Residents

    When applying for a saltwater recreational fishing license, you are considered to be a
    Florida resident if you are:
  • Any person who has resided in Florida for six continuous months prior to
    applying for a resident license and who claims Florida as their primary residence.
  • Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is stationed in this state.

    Gold Sportsman’s License (Valid for One-Year includes Hunting,
    Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area,
    Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook,Crossbow and
    Crawfish Permits) . . . $100.00.

    Florida residents may buy a lifetime saltwater fishing license or a lifetime sportsman
    license. Holders of lifetime saltwater fishing licenses may fish in saltwater for life and
    will pay no additional fees. The lifetime license fee includes the taking of snook or
    crawfish — which would otherwise require a separate fee. A lifetime sportsman license
    allows holders to fish in freshwater or saltwater and to hunt in Florida. Both of these
    licenses require holders to obey fishing or hunting laws in effect at any given time.

    You Do Not Need A License If You Are:
  • Any child under 16 years of age.
  • A Florida resident saltwater fishing for recreational purposes from land or a
    structure fixed to the land—a pier, bridge, dock, floating dock, jetty or similar
    structure.
  • Fishing from a for-hire vessel – guide, charter, party boat – that has a valid vessel
    license or charter captain license.
  • A holder of a valid saltwater products license.
  • A Florida resident—65 years old or older and you possess either a Resident
    Senior
  • Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate or proof of age and residency.
  • A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is not
    stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of
    orders. This does not include family members.
  • Any person who has been accepted as a client for developmental services by the
    Department of Children and Family

    Costs for Licenses:
    In addition to the cost of licenses and permits specified in this section, license agents
    charge a 50-cent issuance fee for selling licenses or permits.
    Florida Resident Licenses
    One-Year License...................................................................$17.00
    Five-Year License.................................................................. $79.00
    One-Year Gold Sportsman’s License............................. $100.00
    One-Year Military Gold Sportsman’s License.................. $20.00

    (Offers the same privileges as the Gold Sportsman’s License. Available only to FL
    residents who are active or retired members of the US Armed Forces, the US Armed
    Forces Reserve, the FL National Guard, the US Coast Guard or the US Coast Guard
    Reserve, upon submission of a current military identification card and orders showing
    you are stationed in FL.
    Can be purchased at county tax collector’s offices only.)

    Combination Licenses (Florida Residents Only)
    Fishing-Saltwater/Freshwater............................................ $32.50
    Fishing-Saltwater/Freshwater & Hunting......................... $48.00
    Lifetime Saltwater Fishing License (Florida Residents Only)
    Age: 0–4............................................................................... $126.50
    Age: 5–12............................................................................. $226.50
    Age: 13 or older.................................. ................................ $301.50
    Lifetime Sportsman License (Florida Residents Only)
    Age: 0–4................................................................................ $401.50
    Age: 5–12.............................................................................. $701.50
    Age: 13 or older................................................................. $1,001.50
    Non-Resident Licenses
    Three-Day License................................................................$17.00
    Seven-Day License.............................................................. $30.00
    One-Year License..................................................................$47.00
    Permits
    Snook Permit..........................................................................$ 2.00
    Five-Year Snook Permit...................................................... $10.00
    Lobster Permit........................................................................ $2.00
    Five-Year Lobster Permit.................................................... $10.00
    Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collector offices)........ $51.50

    If you are not required to buy a license, you are not required to buy permits (except
    tarpon).

    If you are not required to purchase a fishing license and snook and crawfish permits,
    you may do so anyway to help support programs that protect and preserve Florida’s
    marine fisheries resources.

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