When you fish in Florida without a valid state permit you risk:

  1. Fines
  2. Citations & Court Appearance
  3. Further Penalties

Don't get caught fishing without a state license!

A Note on Permit Exemptions

The following individuals do not need fishing permits in Florida: 

  • Children under 16 years of age
  • Florida residents 65 years of age or older
  • Totally and permanently disabled Florida residents
  • Some exemptions also apply to military personnel
  • Fishing on your homestead or the homestead of a spouse or child

For Everyone Else

Together my husband, Brad, and I own a real estate business here in Fort Myers, Florida. We specialize in waterfront boating and fishing properties. As part of our service to our clients we like to put together these tutorials.

Today we are going to walk you through how to get your Florida Saltwater Fishing License. To get started, just follow the steps below:

If you would rather watch the video tutorial, watch it below:


Step 1:

•    go to www.MyFWC.com
•    scroll to “Licenses & Permits”
•    click “Order a Recreational License”
•    click “Online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com”

Step 2:

•    create customer account or login as returning customer
•    click “Purchase a License”
•    disregard the packaged options (they include things you don’t need)
•    scroll down and select the types of licenses & add ons you need
o    for saltwater fishing you need the “Saltwater Fishing” 1 year or 5 year permit. You can also add on any other permits like lobster, snook, etc.
•    click “Add to Cart”
•    click “Yes” if you plan on fishing from private boats
•    click “Add to Cart & Checkout” if you want only an electronic and paper copy of your license


Step 3 (OPTIONAL):

•    click “Add to Cart & Continue Shopping” if you want to add the plastic hard card license for $5.00
•    scroll to “Specialty” section
•    select “Hard Card – All – Other”
•    click “Add to Cart”
•    click “Add to Cart & Checkout

Step 4:

•    choose donation amount or click “Not at this time”
•    enter billing & shipping information
•    finalize your purchase

Enjoy your time fishing and have a safe and wonderful time out on the water!