Where to Obtain a Fishing License in Florida…and When They Are Required

In Florida, there are a number of types of permits from which to choose – each with different purposes, lengths and costs. The type of license for which you apply will also depend on whether you are a Florida resident or not.

If you live in Florida, you will be required to produce proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or an official document including your residential address.

Then you need to decide if you want a freshwater or saltwater fishing license. Freshwater licenses are required to harvest any sea creatures in fresh water, and salt water is required for saltwater crabbing, clamming and fishing.

You do not need a license if you are under the age of 16 or over the age of 65, but you must be able to provide proof of age, and seniors must be able to provide proof of residency. You also do not need a license if you are fishing with a charter boat captain or if you are fishing from a pier.

Now for where to obtain the license you need…Some places are a little fishy, but most local bait and tackle shops are permitted to sell fishing licenses. Sporting goods stores can also hook you up! Try most Walmart with an outdoor department or Dick’s Sporting Goods. If you want to avoid all that in person stuff, fishing licenses can also be easily obtained online through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

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