Florida Saltwater, Freshwater Fishing and Hunting License

A recreational saltwater fishing license is required for residents and nonresidents 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). 

Note: Spiny lobster and snook permits and tarpon tags are also required.

A Florida fishing license is required to land saltwater species in Florida regardless of where they are caught (state or federal waters).


Before purchasing a recreational saltwater fishing license or permit, please make sure you understand what qualifies as Florida residency and whether you really need a license or permit based on the exemptions.

Annual recreational fishing licenses and permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.

Anglers (including those 65 and older) fishing in the Gulf of Mexico (excluding Monroe County) from a private boat, who plan to harvest, possess or land specific reef fish need to sign up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey

License Pricing

Annual Saltwater Fishing $17.00


Youth saltwater Fishing

(Optional for children under the age of 16. A fishing license is not required until age 16) $17.00


5-Year Saltwater Fishing $79.00


Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing Combo $32.50


Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing/Hunting Combo $48.00


Saltwater Shoreline License (not valid from a vessel, a shore reached by vessel or if swimming or diving and not required if you have any other valid resident saltwater fishing license listed here) FREE

How to get a Florida Fishing or Hunting License

If you have a major credit card, the FWC offers you two ways to buy your hunting or fishing license without leaving your home. Convenience fees apply.


Some licenses are not available online or over the phone (read more below).

Follow this link to buy your license online. *(A $2.25 or $1.75 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.)

Dial toll-free, either 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356) or 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356) from anywhere in the United States or Canada. (A $4.25 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.

Warning: print or write down the "print number" and have it with you when you are fishing or hunting.

Use the online license link above to locate retail agents and county tax collectors' offices that sell recreational licenses and permits to residents and nonresidents. 

NOTE: A fishing or hunting license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity.  When ordering online or by phone, you'll have a temporary license or "print number" that will be good for 30 days from the date of purchase, enabling you to hunt (in season) or fish on the date your license starts.  

If you purchase a short-term license (3 or 7-day, for example) less than 7 days before the start date of your license, your temporary license or "print number" will serve as your license, otherwise your annual or longer term license will be mailed within 48 hours.

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