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
Annual Saltwater Fishing $17.00
(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
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).
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