Florida residents and visitors are required, unless otherwise exempt, to hold a license for hunting and fishing in the state of Florida.

A hunting or fishing license authorizes hunters and anglers to attempt to take or possess fish or wildlife game in compliance with state and federal regulations and the rules of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

While participating in a hunting or fishing activity, hunters and anglers must carry proof of identification, licenses, permits, or certification credentials.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) authorizes the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and permits through FWC appointed agents:

  • Florida Tax Collector Office
  • Bait & Tackle Shops
  • Department Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Marine Store/Dealer/Marinas
  • Online or by calling 888.486.8356 or 888.347.4356 (additional fees/restrictions may apply)

The following licenses are ONLY issued by the Tax Collector’s office:

  • Lifetime licenses for minors between the ages of 0 and 18 (Florida residents 16 and up with a valid Florida driver license or identification card can apply online.
  • Saltwater Vessel Fishing Licenses
  • Saltwater Pier License

Licenses may be purchased singularly or in combination packages.

Florida residents have three options for licenses:

  • Annual
  • 5-year
  • Lifetime*

*A lifetime license must be purchased at a tax collector’s office unless qualifying for on-line purchase.


Non-residents have two options for licenses:

  • Daily
  • Annual
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