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How to Get Your Fishing License in Florida

Fishing is a very popular sport, especially in Florida. This comes as no surprise as Florida offers some of the best fishing in the entire country. Before you cast a line and reel in a big catch in the Sunshine State’s crystal-clear waters, you may need a fishing license. Keep reading to learn more about how to get your fishing license in Florida.

Who Needs a License? 

Fisherman fishing with an open face spinning reel with the caption, How to get your fishing license in Florida

If you’re planning on partaking in any part of fishing, whether that be casting the line or baiting the hook, you need a license. The only time you won’t need a license to fish in Florida is if you’re fishing on a charter, fishing off a pier or participating in free fishing days. This is also required for any certain marine organisms like crabs and lobsters. There are some exemptions, however. For instance, those who are 16 and younger, 65 or older with proof of age and residency or Florida residents who are certified as totally and permanently disabled are exempt from needing a fishing license. Florida residents who are actively in the Armed Forces but are stationed in another state and are home for 30 days or less are also exempt. 

Where to Purchase Your License 


You can purchase your license(s) through 


You may go to your local tax collector’s office and purchase your license there. 


You can call toll-free at 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356) to order your license.  


Download the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Fish/Hunt FL app to store, purchase and renew your licenses and permits. This also makes for an easier way to always have your registrations with you. 

Types of Licenses 

Florida offers a variety of fishing licenses based on the type of fishing (freshwater or saltwater), residency status and duration of the license. The prices range from $17 to $30. You’re also able to get combination licenses. These prices range from $33 to $48.  


There are many rules and regulations to abide by when going fishing in Florida. These regulations cover aspects such as bag limits, size limits, seasons for various species and gear used to harvest different species. For the most up to date information on these rules and regulations, download the FWC app.  

Understanding and following the rules set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is crucial for the conservation of Florida’s fish populations and enjoyment of anglers from all over.  

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to fish, visit Florida’s hidden gem and the best kept secret of the gulf coast at Steinhatchee, Florida. At Steinhatchee Marina, we offer a range of activities for all water enthusiasts and a range of marina services for boat storage and rentalsCall us today at 352-578-1900 to book your next trip and make your fishing adventure one to remember