Who needs licenses and permits when visiting Florida?
Non-residents who are 16 years of age or older are required to have Florida licenses and permits to participate in hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing.
- Out-of-state fishing and hunting licenses are not valid in Florida.
- A fishing license is required to attempt to take fish. If you cast a line or catch and release, you need a license.
- A saltwater fishing license is required to attempt to take any native or nonnative marine organisms, such as crabs, lobsters, and marine plants.
- Visitors who are listed on the National Saltwater Angler Registry are still required to have a Florida recreational saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the exempted groups listed.
- Non-residents using beach or haul seines for recreational purposes are required to have a commercial saltwater products license.
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Who does not need Florida licenses and permits when visiting?
The following non-residents do not need recreational licenses and permits in Florida:
- A child under 16 years of age.
A saltwater fishing license and permits are not required if:
- You fish from a for-hire vessel (guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid charter license.
- You fish from a vessel whose operator has a valid recreational saltwater vessel license issued in the name of the operator of the vessel.
- You are fishing during a free saltwater fishing day.
- You fish from a pier with a valid saltwater pier license.
- You have a valid saltwater products license or FWC charter captain license (does not apply to charter boat license or U.S. Coast Guard license).
* These exceptions do not apply to tarpon tags.
A freshwater fishing license is not required if:
- You are fishing in a fish pond of 20 acres or less which is located entirely within the private property of its owner. A fish pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.
- You are fishing during a free freshwater fishing day.
- You are fishing in a freshwater fish pond of 20 acres or more, whose owner has purchased a fish pond license at a fee of $3 per surface acre.
- You are fishing in the St. Mary's River or Lake Seminole (but not including tributary creeks in Florida) and have a valid Georgia fishing license.
A hunting license and permits are not required if:
- You are hunting for wild hogs on private land.
Non-resident visitors with disabilities do not meet the criteria to receive a no-cost Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunt/Fish license. That license is not a disability accommodation but an economic accommodation for the segment of Florida's disabled population who may not be able to afford to pay for the license.