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Fishing Licences

Purchase a fishing license to legally fish in your state or your travel destination.

Did you know that in 2021, there were approximately 29.24 million paid fishing license holders in the U.S.? And fishing licenses aren't cheap either — on average, an annual state resident fishing license costs around $25 while non-resident licenses cost an average of $60 to $70 (sometimes in the triple digits).

💡 In fact, every state in the US and the District of Columbia requires a fishing license.

How can you solve the problem on your own?

Why do you need a fishing license?

Fishing licenses are legal requirements at the state level that help prevent illegal fishing and promote wildlife sustainability. Fishing without a license is illegal. In the U.S., the fine for fishing without a license ranges from $15 to $12,000, including the penalty for each fish caught, ranging from $5 to $1,000 each. You may have to pay court fees as well. If you don't settle the penalties, you may end up in jail.

What are the different types of fishing licenses?

The types of licenses offered vary by state. Here are some categories to consider:

  • Resident vs. Non-resident licenses (non-residents tend to pay much more)

  • Annual vs. daily/weekly licenses

  • Saltwater vs. freshwater licenses

Who is eligible to get a fishing license?

Most people with a valid, government-issued ID above the age of 16 can obtain a fishing license (the age varies from 10 to 18 depending on the state). You will need to provide a valid government-issued ID number or SSN.

How Can DoNotPay Help?

DoNotPay can help you get your fishing license with minimal effort and save you a trip to your county office. Our application process is all done online. All you have to do is choose which license you want and pay the fee and we'll handle the rest.

Here's how you can use DoNotPay to get your fishing license:

*1. Search "fishing license" on DoNotPay and select the state you would like a fishing license for.

  1. Indicate whether you are a resident or non-resident, and choose the type of license you want. For example, saltwater vs. freshwater license, three-day only pass, and more.

  2. Provide your contact information, a copy of your government-issued ID, and pay the fee required by the state.*

And that's it! DoNotPay will get the fishing license on your behalf, which will be valid immediately. Just download the file and print it as a temporary license, while a physical copy gets processed and sent to you by mail.