Most local bait and tackle shops are permitted to sell fishing licenses. Sporting goods stores, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods or a Walmart with an outdoor department, usually provide fishing licenses as well. For the convenience of an online fishing license purchase, one can easily be obtained through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.
Whatever way you decide to purchase your fishing license, you will need to decide if you want a freshwater or saltwater fishing license. Freshwater licenses are required to harvest any sea creatures in freshwater, and salt water is required for saltwater crabbing, clamming and fishing.
The type of fishing license you purchase 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.
When a Fishing License Is Required
Here in Florida, you don’t need a fishing license if you are fishing in Florida with a charter boat captain; if you are fishing from a pier; if you are under the age of 16; or if you are over the age of 65. However, if you are under 16 or over 65, you must be able to provide proof of age; and seniors must also be able to provide proof of residency.
Once you’ve got the required fishing license you prefer, here’s to tight lines, bent rods and good times!