Recreational Freshwater Licenses & Permits

Recreational freshwater fishing licenses and fees

A fishing license is required to attempt to take native or nonnative freshwater fish. 

Before purchasing a recreational freshwater fishing license or permit, please make sure you understand what qualifies as Florida residency and that you really need a license or permit based on the exemptions.

Annual recreational fishing licenses 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.

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Hard Card: A hard, credit card-style license can be purchased in addition to purchasing your annual or five-year license. The ‘hard card’ costs $5. If you purchase the ‘hard card,’ your temporary license should read “hard card shipped separately.” NOTE: Each $5 ‘hard card’ can hold up to seven different licenses or permits. If you have more than seven licenses or permits and want them all on a card, you will need to purchase additional cards at $5 each.

Costs: Prices listed on this website include a tax collector's fee. In addition to the cost of a license or permit listed below, the license or permit vendor may charge an issuance fee of 50¢.

License and permit fees are nonrefundable.

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 Lifetime Licenses and Fees are listed on another web page.

Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses

Annual Freshwater Fishing

$17.00

Youth Freshwater Fishing (Optional for children under the age of 16 and valid until 17th birthday - a fishing license is not required until age 16)

$17.00

5-Year Freshwater Fishing

$79.00

Freshwater/Saltwater Fishing Combo

$32.50

Freshwater Fishing/Hunting Combo

$32.50

Freshwater/Saltwater Fishing/Hunting Combo

$48.00

Silver Sportsman's 64+ License (includes Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits) (does not include Saltwater Fishing License, Snook or Lobster permits)

$13.50

Sportsman's License (includes Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits) (does not include Saltwater Fishing License, Snook or Lobster permits)

$80.50

Gold Sportsman's License (includes Freshwater Fishing, Hunting and Saltwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits)

$100.00

Youth Gold Sportsman's License (Optional for children under the age of 16 and valid until 17th birthday - a fishing license is not required until age 16 - hunter safety certificate required - includes same licenses and permits as Gold Sportsman's License)

$100.00

5-Year Gold Sportsman's License (includes Freshwater Fishing, Hunting and Saltwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey,  Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits)

$494.00

Military Gold Sportsman's License (includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits). Available to Florida residents who are active duty or retired military members at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com through an online verification process. The license is also available at Florida tax collectors' offices with proof of residency and a current military identification card.

$20.00

 

Nonresident Freshwater Fishing Licenses

Nonresident Annual Freshwater Fishing

$47.00

Nonresident 3-Day Freshwater Fishing

$17.00

Nonresident 7-Day Freshwater Fishing

$30.00

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