Recreational Saltwater Licenses & Permits

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Recreational saltwater licenses and fees

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 $4. If you purchase the ‘hard card,’ your temporary license should read “hard card shipped separately.” NOTE: Each $4 ‘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 $4 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.

Saltwater Fishing

How to Order

Resident Saltwater Fishing Licenses

   

Lifetime Licenses and Fees are listed on another web page.

 

Annual Saltwater Fishing

$17.00

Youth saltwater 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 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

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

$494.00

Military Gold Sportsman's License (includes Saltwater Fishing, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Snook, Lobster, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits) (sold only at tax collector's office) (not available as 5-year) (only available to resident retired, and resident active duty, military)

$20.00

 

Nonresident Saltwater Fishing Licenses

   

Nonresident Annual Saltwater Fishing

$47.00

Nonresident 3-Day Saltwater Fishing

$17.00

Nonresident 7-Day Saltwater Fishing

$30.00

 

Saltwater Fishing Permits (Resident and Nonresident)
If you are not required to have a license, you are not required to buy permits (except tarpon tags)

Annual

Snook Permit (required to keep snook in season even with the Shoreline License)

$10.00

Spiny Lobster Permit

$5.00

Tarpon Tag (sold only at select tax collector's offices - no exemptions apply)

$51.50

5-Year (Residents Only)

Snook Permit (required to keep snook in season even with the Shoreline license)

$50.00

Lobster Permit

$25.00

How to Order

Hunting Licenses | Freshwater Fishing Licenses

 

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