Commercial Freshwater Fishing Licenses & Permits

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License Types

License Requirements

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Commercial Freshwater License ApplicationAdobe PDF

----------Fishing Licenses----------

Any person who takes freshwater fish or frogs by any lawful method prescribed by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for purpose of sale is required to possess a Commercial Fishing License (resident or nonresident).

  • Allows harvest of non-game species only.
  • Holders of this license may sell to anyone but may not buy fish for the purpose of sale.
  • A valid Resident Commercial Freshwater Fishing License also allows recreational fishing.
  • A Commercial Freshwater Fishing License is required even for the use of trotlines of 25 hooks or less when fish are taken for purpose of sale.
  • Senior citizens are not exempt from purchase of commercial fishing licenses.
  • No Commercial Freshwater Fishing License or Commercial Freshwater Fish Dealer's License is required to take or sell live bait, other than freshwater fish or frogs.
  • All boats engaged in commercial fishing shall have at least one commercial licensee on board.


FCL - Resident Commercial Freshwater Fishing License (fish & frogs)..............$25.00icon_PDF.gif

FCL - Nonresident Commercial Freshwater Fishing License ..........................$100.00icon_PDF.gif


Additional license and/or permit may be required:

----------Dealer's Licenses----------

Resident Freshwater Fish Dealer's License

This license permits a resident to import, export, or sell (non-game) freshwater fish or frogs, including live bait. It is unlawful for licensed freshwater fish dealers or buyers to purchase freshwater fish or frogs from an unlicensed person.

RFD - Resident Freshwater Fish & Frog Dealer's License ...............................$40.00icon_PDF.gif

Nonresident Freshwater Retail Dealer's License

This license permits a nonresident to buy (non-game) freshwater fish, including live bait, (from persons properly licensed to sell freshwater fish) and may sell these products directly to a consumer. This nonresident license allows retail sales only--additional licenses required for wholesale dealers.

FRD - Nonresident Freshwater Retail Fish or Frog Dealer's License ...............$100.00icon_PDF.gif

Nonresident Freshwater Wholesale Dealer's License

This license permits a nonresident to buy (non-game) freshwater fish for resale from persons properly licensed to harvest freshwater fish and may sell freshwater fish within the state.

FWD - Nonresident Freshwater Wholesale Fish Dealer's License ...................$500.00icon_PDF.gif

Nonresident Freshwater Wholesale Buyer's License

This license permits a nonresident, who does not sell freshwater fish or frogs in Florida, to buy (non-game) freshwater fish or frogs from resident freshwater fish dealers for resale outside the state.

FWB - Nonresident Freshwater Wholesale Fish Buyer's License ......................$50.00icon_PDF.gif

Additional permit may be required:

  • Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative Species Permit is also required in addition to the Commercial Freshwater Fish Dealer's License to import certain live freshwater fish.
    • Importers of restricted freshwater fish if doing retail or wholesale.
    • Importers of tropical freshwater fish if doing retail or wholesale.
    • Dealers in non-native aquatic freshwater species (retail or wholesale).

Please note that exotic freshwater fish cannot be given or sold to people without proper permits.

----------License Requirements----------

Florida Residency Requirements

For the purpose of obtaining a Commercial Freshwater Fishing License, a resident is defined as a citizen of the United States who has continuously resided in Florida for six (6) months before applying for a license.

Acceptable proofs of residency for the purpose of obtaining a Commercial Freshwater License:

  • Valid Florida Driver License
  • Valid Florida Identification Card
  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Proof of Florida Homestead Exemption

Corporation Registration Requirements

All businesses applying for a Commercial Freshwater License must be registered with the Florida Department of State's Division of Corporations prior to submitting an application. Business types include: Corporations, Trademarks, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Fictitious Names, General Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships.

For more information, please visit the Florida Department of State.

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