FL Fishing License & Where to Buy Them

You can buy a Fl fishing license several ways :

  • From a license dealer
  • Purchase online
  • By Phone
  • From your Guide
License Dealers
Fl fishing licenses are available throughout the state from license dealers. License dealers can be found at major discount retailers, marinas, sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, and a few hardware stores.

Fishing licenses (residents and nonresidents) can be purchased in person from the county tax collectors' offices.

Purchase Online
Follow this link to information on buying your State of Florida fishing license directly over the internet. A $2.25 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.

Purchase by Phone
Dial toll-free, either 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA or 1-888-347-4356 from anywhere in the United States or Canada. A $3.25 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase. My customers have used this method many times to purchase their fishing licenses ahead of time. My wife even used it once when we were heading to the lake and discovered hers had expired. When you make the call have your credit card ready and a pen and paper at hand. You can post date the days you intend to fish so have your calendar ready also to tell them exactly what days you’ll be fishing to make sure the license covers them.

With either the online or phone method, you'll be issued a temporary fishing licenses number within minutes, enabling you to fish right away without a permanent copy. Your permanent license will be mailed within 48 hours. Of course if you purchase a 3 or 7 day Fl fishing license while on the road, you won’t need the piece of paper when you get home…trash!

If you are planning a trip with one of Florida’s guides, check to see if they are a fishing licenses dealer. Some are and can issue you a license right at the ramp before going out on the lake. Don’t take this for granted and just assume they will since most guides, including myself, don’t offer this service.

Nonresident Freshwater Fishing Licenses

Nonresident Annual Freshwater Fishing…$47.00
Nonresident 3-Day Freshwater Fishing….$17.00
Nonresident 7-Day Freshwater Fishing….$30.00

For more details on freshwater licenses such as resident, lifetime, saltwater, hunting etc. go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s web site.

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