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Freshwater Fishing Licenses
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FISHING LICENSES

Freshwater Fishing Licenses

All persons freshwater fishing in Florida must possess a valid freshwater fishing license, excluding those entitled to the following exemptions:
  • Any individual under 16 years of age;

  • Florida residents 65 years of age or older that can show proof of age and residency... such as provided by a Florida Driver's License or ID Card (issued after Jan. 1 2010 and valid for 6 or more months), or a voter registration card;

  • Individuals fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with reel or other line retrieval mechanism, such as a cane pole, for noncommercial purposes (Note: This exemption does not apply in Fish Management Areas);

  • Florida residents who are totally and permanently disabled who have been issued a temporary special permit; and,

  • Military personnel who are residents of Florida and are home on leave for a period of 30 days or less and have valid orders in their possession.

Freshwater fishing licenses may be purchased from the Tax Collector's Office as follows:
  • A Resident annual 64 or older hunting and fishing license (lifetime) is $13.50 - For more info, click here;

  • A Resident annual freshwater fishing license is $17.00;

  • A Resident combination annual hunting & freshwater fishing license is $32.50;

  • A Non-resident annual freshwater fishing license is $47.00

  • A Non-resident 7 day freshwater fishing license is $30.00.

  • A Non-resident 3 day freshwater fishing license is $17.00.

    Note: To qualify for any resident hunting and fishing license proof of residency is required. You must provide Date of Birth along with any one of the following for proof of residency:

    • Florida DL or ID # (issued after Jan. 1, 2010 and valid for 6 or more months)
    • Customer ID# (number already in TLS system)
    • Social Security # & FL Homestead Exemption
    • Social Security # & FL Voter Registration
    • Social Security # & FL Landlord Certification
    • Social Security # & FL Military Orders
    • Social Security # & FL Student ID Card - 18 or Under
    • Social Security # & Parents Proof of Residency
Hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased at at one of the Tax Collector's Service Centers.

These licenses are also available
online over the telephone.

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Saltwater Fishing Licenses

All persons saltwater fishing in Florida must possess a valid saltwater fishing license, excluding those entitled to the following exemptions:
  • Any individual under 16 years of age;

  • Florida residents 65 years of age or older that can show proof of age and residency... such as provided by a Florida Driver's License or ID Card (issued after Jan. 1 2010 and valid for 6 or more months), or a voter registration card;

  • Florida residents who saltwater fish from land or a structure fixed to land who have been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services. (Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by DCFS or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be on the person fishing);

  • Florida residents who are totally and permanently disabled who have been issued a special permit;

  • Military personnel who are residents of Florida and are home on leave for a period of 30 days or less and have valid orders in their possession; and,

  • Any individual fishing from a boat that has been issued a vessel saltwater fishing license.

Saltwater fishing licenses may be purchased from the Tax Collector's Office as follows:
  • A Resident annual saltwater shoreline only fishing license is $0.00 (license required at no cost);

  • A Resident annual saltwater fishing license is $17.00;

  • A Non-resident annual saltwater fishing license is $47.00;

  • A Non-resident 7 day saltwater fishing license is $30.00;

  • A Non-resident 3 day saltwater fishing license is $17.00;

  • A Snook permit is $10.00;

  • A Tarpon tag is $51.50 (Not available in Polk County - available only from Tax Collectors in coastal counties); and,

  • A Lobster permit is $5.00.

    Note: To qualify for any resident hunting and fishing license proof of residency is required. You must provide Date of Birth along with any one of the following for proof of residency:

    • Florida residents 65 years of age or older that can show proof of age and residency... such as provided by a Florida Driver's License or ID Card (issued after Jan. 1, 2010 and valid for 6 or more months), or a voter registration card;
    • Customer ID# (number already in TLS system)
    • Social Security # & FL Homestead Exemption
    • Social Security # & FL Voter Registration
    • Social Security # & FL Landlord Certification
    • Social Security # & FL Military Orders
    • Social Security # & FL Student ID Card - 18 or Under
    • Social Security # & Parents Proof of Residency

      Also Note: Non-resident hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased by anyone.
Hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased at at one of the Tax Collector's Service Centers.

These licenses are also available
online over the telephone.

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