SALTWATER LICENSE AND PERMIT COSTS

GENERAL

License/Permit Resident Cost Non-Resident Cost
Annual Saltwater License $17.00 $17.00
Youth Saltwater Fishing License $17.00 N/A
Five-Year Saltwater License $79.00 N/A
Annual Saltwater Shoreline License $0.00 N/A
Three-day Saltwater License N/A $17.00
Seven-day License N/A $30.00
Annual License N/A $47.00

SALTWATER PERMITS COSTS

Permit Resident Cost Non-Resident Cost
Annual Snook Permit $10.00 N/A
Five-Year Snook Permit (FL residents only) $50.00 N/A
Annual Spiny Lobster Permit $5.00 N/A
Five-Year Spiny Lobster Permit (FL residents only) $25.00 N/A
Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collector offices) $51.50 N/A
State Reef Fish Angler Designation $0.00 N/A
Annual Shore-Based Shark Fishing Permit $0.00 N/A
Annual Blue Crab Trap Registration $0.00 N/A
Annual Stone Crab Trap Registration $0.00 N/A

FLORIDA RESIDENT COMBINATION LICENSES

License Combination Cost
Annual Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing $32.50
Annual Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing and Hunting $48.00
GOLD SPORTSMAN’S LICENSE
Annual Gold Sportsman’s License $100.00
Five-Year Gold Sportsman’s License $494.00
Youth Gold Sportsman’s License (valid until 17th birthday) $100.00
Annual Military Gold Sportsman’s License $20.00

FLORIDA RESIDENT LIFETIME LICENSES

Lifetime License Age: 0–4 Age: 5–12 Age: 13 or older
Lifetime Saltwater Fishing License $126.50 $226.50 $301.50
Lifetime Gold Sportsman’s License $401.50 $701.50 $1,001.50

 

Saltwater Fishing in Florida: Essential Information

Obtaining a Saltwater Fishing License

Where to Get a License:

  • Online: Licenses are available at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
  • In-Person: Visit county tax collectors’ offices or license agents.
  • By Phone: Call toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Note that handling fees apply for telephone and internet sales.
  • License Information: For detailed information on recreational licensing, visit MyFWC.com/License.

Definition of a Resident for Licensing

Who Qualifies as a Resident:

  • Primary Evidence: Individuals with a valid Florida driver license or identification card showing both a Florida address and residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV).
  • Additional Proof: A Florida voter registration card, declaration of domicile, or homestead exemption may also suffice.
  • Military Personnel: Active duty United States military personnel stationed in Florida, including spouses and dependent children residing in the household, with military orders, are also considered residents for the purpose of saltwater fishing licensing.

Saltwater License Exemptions in Florida

  • Youth Under 16: Children below the age of 16 are exempt from needing a saltwater fishing license.

  • Seniors: Florida residents aged 65 or older with proof of age and residency, such as a Florida driver's license or identification card.

  • Local Bait Fishing: Florida residents fishing within their county of residence using live or natural bait and poles or lines not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism.

  • Persons with Disabilities: Holders of the Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License. More information is available at MyFWC.com/ADA.

  • Clients for Developmental Disabilities Services: Florida residents accepted as clients by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, with agency proof thereof.

  • Benefit Program Participants: Florida residents who are eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services. Valid proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card is required.

  • U.S. Armed Forces Members: Florida residents who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces not stationed in the state but are home on leave for 30 days or less. This exemption does not extend to family members.

  • Commercial License Holders: Individuals holding a commercial saltwater products license.

  • Pier Fishing: Those who are recreationally fishing from a pier with a pier saltwater fishing license.

  • Chartered Fishing: Individuals fishing from a for-hire vessel (including guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid charter boat or charter captain license.

  • Boat Fishing: Those fishing from a boat that has a recreational vessel fishing license.

  • Mullet Fishing in Freshwater: A Florida resident who is fishing for mullet in freshwater with a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.

Understanding these exemptions can help determine whether you need to obtain a saltwater fishing license in Florida or if you're already covered under the existing exemption criteria. Always ensure to have the necessary proofs and understand the specific conditions that apply to your exemption category. For more detailed information and updates, visit MyFWC.com.

Additional Saltwater Fishing Licenses in Florida

Charter Licenses

Available for professional fishing guides and charter operations, these licenses are mandatory for carrying paying customers for saltwater fishing. Compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements is also necessary.

  • Charter Boat and Charter Captain Licenses:
    • For 4 or Fewer Customers: $201.50
    • For 5 to 10 Customers: $401.50
    • For 11 or More Customers: $801.50

Recreational Vessel License

Designed for private, not-for-hire pleasure crafts used recreationally. This license covers all individuals fishing on the vessel.

  • Fee: $2,001.50

Pier License

Applicable to piers and exempts individuals fishing from a fixed pier from needing individual saltwater fishing licenses.

  • Annual Fee: $501.50

All these licenses can be obtained at any local Tax Collectors' office. It's essential for individuals and entities involved in the guided or recreational fishing industry to understand and adhere to these licensing requirements to ensure compliance with Florida's fishing regulations and conservation efforts. For more information or to obtain a license, visit your nearest Tax Collectors' office or check the official Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

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