If you have a major credit card, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers you two ways to buy your fishing license without leaving your home. Convenience fees apply.
Some licenses are not available online or over the phone (read more below).
Follow this link to buy your license online. *(A $2.25 or $1.75 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.)
Dial toll-free, 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356) from anywhere in the United States or Canada. (A $4.25 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.
Warning: print or write down the “print number” and have it with you when you are fishing or hunting.
NOTE: A fishing license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity. When ordering online or by phone, you’ll have a temporary license or “print number” that will be good for 30 days from the date of purchase, enabling you to fish on the date your license starts.
If you purchase a short-term license (3 or 7-day, for example) less than 7 days before the start date of your license, your temporary license or “print number” will serve as your license, otherwise your annual or longer term license will be mailed within 48 hours.
Know what qualifies as Florida residency?
Read the exemptions to determine if you really need a license or permit.
Make sure you have met the hunter safety requirement.
Lifetime licenses may be purchased at tax collectors’ offices, except that you may purchase a Lifetime license online if you are age 16 or older and have a valid Florida Driver License or Identification Card with residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Additional documentation is required for other children.
Tarpon Tags are only available at select county tax collector offices. Call the local tax collector’s office to see if they sell them.
Annual recreational fishing licenses and permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.
Licenses, permits and fees for residents and non-residents…
Prices listed on this website include a tax collector’s fee. In addition to the cost of a license or permit, the license or permit vendor may charge an issuance fee of 50¢.