Resident Fish Dealer Licenses & Permits

WHO NEEDS A License ?

The Resident Freshwater Fish Dealers License permits a resident to import, export, or sell freshwater fish or frogs, including live bait.

Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative Species Permit is also required in addition to the Resident Fish Dealers License to import certain live freshwater fish.

  • Importers of restricted freshwater fish if doing (retail or wholesale)

  • Importers of tropical freshwater fish if doing (retail or wholesale)

  • Dealers in non-native aquatic freshwater species (retail or wholesale)

Please note that exotic freshwater fish cannot be given or sold to people without proper permits.


HOW DO I GET A Resident Fish Dealers License?

Applications may be obtained online or by contacting us at:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Office of Licensing and Permitting
2590 Executive Center Circle, Suite 200
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 488-3641



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