Saltwater Fishing License Information

Hunting & Fishing

Saltwater Fishing License Information

Anyone freshwater fishing in Florida must possess a valid saltwater fishing license, excluding those entitled to exemptions.

NOTE: A valid Fishing License is required to fish by any method in a Fish Management Area.

Saltwater Fishing License Exemptions:

Pursuant to Florida Statute 379.354, the following individuals are EXEMPT from recreational hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing licenses as well as Florida waterfowl, migratory bird, deer, turkey, snook, spiny lobster, archery, crossbow, muzzle-loading and management area permit requirements (unless noted, these exemptions do not apply to federal duck stamp requirements):

  • Any child under 16 years of age.
  • Anyone fishing from a for-hire vessel – guide, charter, or party boat – that has a valid vessel license.
  • A holder of a valid saltwater products license.
  • Florida residents 65 years of age or older, who possess either a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate or proof of age and residency.
  • Florida residents who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. This does not include family members.
  • Anyone who has been accepted as a client for developmental services by the Department of Children and Family Services, provided the Department furnishes proof thereof.
  • Anyone fishing for recreational purposes from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
  • Anyone fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel fishing license.
  • Florida residents fishing for mullet in freshwater with a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.
  • Florida residents fishing for saltwater fish in freshwater from land or a structure fixed to land.
  • Florida residents certified as totally and permanently disabled, who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate.

In addition, the following are exempt from a freshwater fishing license:

  • Florida residents accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Agency of Persons with Disabilities. The agency must furnish proof to such clients.
  • Individuals saltwater fishing from a for-hire vessel (guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid charter license.
  • Those saltwater fishing from a vessel whose operator has a valid recreational saltwater vessel license issued in the name of the operator of the vessel.
  • Those saltwater fishing during a free saltwater fishing day.
  • Individuals saltwater fishing from a pier with a valid saltwater pier license.
  • Individuals who hold a valid saltwater products license or FWC charter captain license (does not apply to charter boat license or U.S. Coast Guard license or to the crew operating under any charter license or Vessel or Individual Crew SPL).
  • Florida residents saltwater fishing 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 Families (DCF). Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by DCF or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be in possession when fishing. A license is required when fishing from a vessel or when swimming or diving, and this exemption does not apply to freshwater fishing.
  • Florida residents saltwater fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line-retrieval mechanism,for noncommercial purposes in their home county (does not include fish management areas within the home county).

Saltwater Fishing License Fees:

Resident Saltwater Licenses
Annual
5 Year
Saltwater licenses cover both watercraft and shoreline fishing
  • Saltwater Fishing License
  • Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing Combination
  • Saltwater/Freshwater/Hunting Combination
  • Shoreline Only License (License Required)
    • This license covers saltwater fishing ONLY from the shorelines and attached structures accessible by foot — Does not cover fishing from a watercraft, fishing from a shoreline reached by watercraft, or fishing while swimming or diving
  • $17.00
  • $32.50
  • $48.00
  • No Cost
  • $79.00
Nonresident Saltwater Fishing Licenses
  • Nonresident 3 Day Saltwater Fishing License
  • Nonresident 7 Day Saltwater  Fishing License
  • Nonresident 12 Month Saltwater  Fishing License
  • Includes Snook and Lobster permits.
  • $17.00
  • $30.00
  • $47.00
Gold Sportsman's Licenses
Annual
5 Year
Valid for 12 months from specified start date
  • Gold Sportsman's License
  • Youth Gold Sportsman's License — valid until 17th birthday
  • Military Gold Sportsman's License
    • This license includes the same licenses and permits as the Gold Sportsman's License. Available for FL residents who are active duty or retired military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, FL National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve at county tax collectors' offices — Bring current military identification card or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com through our online verification process
  • Includes: Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing and Hunting License and Snook, Spiny Lobster, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, Deer, and Florida Waterfowl Permits
  • $100.00
  • $100.00
  • $20.00
  • $494.00
Permits - Residents & Nonresidents
Annual
5 Year
If you are not required to buy a license, you are not required to buy permits, except tarpon tag
  • Snook Permit
  • Lobster Permit
  • Tarpon Tag
  • Unless exempt from license requirements, permits are necessary for the take of Snook and Spiny Lobster. Tarpon tags are required to land tarpon.
  • $10.00
  • $5.00
  • $51.50
  • $50.00
  • $25.00
  • Five year permits are for Florida Residents Only
Resident Lifetime Saltwater Fishing Licenses
Annual
Includes Saltwater Fishing license and Snook and Spiny Lobster permits
  • Age 4 years or younger
  • Age 5 - 12 years
  • Age 13 years or older
  • $126.50
  • $226.50
  • $301.50
Resident Lifetime Gold Sportsman's Licenses
  • Age 4 years or younger
  • Age 5 - 12 years
  • Age 13 years or older
  • Includes: Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing and Hunting License and Snook, Spiny Lobster, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, Deer, and Florida Waterfowl Permits
  • $401.50
  • $701.50
  • $1,001.50