Non-Resident & Florida Resident Fishing License

Florida Fishing License

Florida Fishing License

If you are planning on freshwater fishing in Florida, for largemouth bass, panfish or any other freshwater species you will need to get a Florida Fishing License.

Everyone over 16 Years of age is required by law to have this license. A three(3) and seven(7) day Non-Resident Fishing License are available. The costs $17.00 per person for 3-day, $30.00 person for the 7-day, they also offer a Non-resident yearly license for $47.00.
All of these options can be purchased several different ways.

Option 1. Online Purchase – You can click on the picture of the 5-year fishing license above and go to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and get your fishing license online for what ever date you will be fishing.(note: The actual paper license is not needed, just bring print out of approval number from the website is all that is needed.)
Option 2. Toll Free – You can call the toll FREE number at anytime, even the morning you go fishing to get your license. The Number is…

1-888-347-4350 or 1-888-FISH-FLO

Option 3. Bass Pro Shops – You also have the option to get your license when you get to your location, by visiting a Bass Pro Shops, WalMart or K-Mart up to the day of your fishing trip. This method does keep you from paying an online or phone convenience fee with the other two options.

Exemptions

■You are a child under 16 years of age. (Also exempt from federal duck stamp requirements.)
■You are a Florida resident age 65 or older possessing proof of age and residency or possessing a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. Residents age 65 or older may obtain, at no cost, complimentary hunting and fishing certificates from county tax collectors’ offices.
■You hunt or freshwater fish in your county of residence on your homestead or the homestead of your spouse or minor child, or if you are a minor child hunting or freshwater fishing on the homestead of your parent.
■You are a Florida resident certified as totally and permanently disabled and you possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
■You are a resident who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you are not stationed in this state, and you are home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
■Effective Aug. 1, 2009 – You are a resident who is fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism, and you are fishing for noncommercial purposes in your home county. However, you must have a valid fishing license to fish by any method in a fish management area.

* These exemptions do not apply for the federal duck stamp. You do not need a freshwater fishing license if…

■You have been accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Department of Children and Family Services. The department must furnish proof to such clients.
■You are a resident who is fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism, and you are fishing for noncommercial purposes in your home county. However, you must have a valid fishing license to fish by any method in a fish management area.
■You are fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or less which is located entirely within the private property of its owner. A fish pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.
■You are fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or more, whose owner has purchased a fish pond license at a fee of $3 per surface acre.
■You possess a Resident Freshwater Commercial Fishing License.
■You are fishing in the St. Mary’s River or Lake Seminole (but not including tributary creeks in Florida) and have a valid Georgia fishing license.
■You are freshwater fishing during Free Fishing Weekend (the first weekend of April).

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