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Freshwater Fishing Licenses

Freshwater Fishing Licenses

 All Florida fishermen must possess a valid fishing license when freshwater fishing.  Freshwater fishing licenses are valid for one year from date of issuance.  

 You do not need a freshwater fishing license if:

  • You are a Florida resident 65 years of age or over.  Florida residents who are 65 or older need only provide proof of age and residency to any Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 
  • You are a child under the age of 16 years.
  • You are a Florida resident who is a member of the United States Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
  • You are a resident fishing in the county of his or her residence with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with a reel or other line retrieval mechanism (cane pole), for noncommercial purposes.
  • Residents who are 100% disabled may present authorized disability statements, signed by a Florida physician, to the Tax Collector’s office.  Upon approval by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, an exemption card will be issued and renewable every five years by the commission and mailed to the applicant.