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Fishing is an especially enjoyable activity in the state of Florida, where both freshwater and saltwater fish can be taken by resident and non-resident fishermen. However, in order to take fish from saltwater within the state, you must apply for a specific Florida saltwater fishing license. There are a number of saltwater fishing permits available for you to choose from. These credentials can be divided into residential and non-residential licenses, as well as permits that last for various periods of time, including one year, five years, one week and three days. But the good news is that the process to obtain these credentials is very quick and easy, regardless of whether or not you reside in the state of Florida. But there is much more to Florida fish and wildlife fishing licenses than just what is mentioned above. In addition to the process of buying a fishing license from the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, you will also have to learn how to replace lost fishing credentials (if the need arises), purchase specialty fishing tags (for certain species) and more. Fortunately, everything you need to know about saltwater fish licensing is presented in the detailed sections below. So be sure to take a few minutes to become familiar with the state information.

What is the difference between a resident and non-resident saltwater fishing license?

In the state of Florida, both residents and non-residents can apply to obtain saltwater fishing licenses online, by phone or in person at a local tax collector’s office. The big difference is in cost. Fishermen who live in Florida pay a good deal less on FL resident saltwater fishing licenses than non-residents do on Florida non resident saltwater fishing licenses. However, in order to apply for these resident fishing credentials, applicants must provide proof of their Florida residency, such as a Florida driver license. In addition, military members who are stationed in Florida are also eligible for residential licenses.

What is a lifetime license?

In addition to annual and daily fishing permits, Florida lifetime fishing licenses are available for purchase in the state. As the name implies, these licenses last for the lifetime of the holder. However, they can only be obtained by fishermen who are residents of the state. Therefore, lifetime licenses are strictly resident fishing permits, and they are available in three forms: saltwater-only lifetime licenses, freshwater-only lifetime licenses and sportsman (saltwater and freshwater combined) lifetime licenses.

How do I replace a saltwater fishing license?

If you were to ever lose your fishing credentials, you will have to go through the process of obtaining a Florida freshwater license replacement. But there is no need to stress about the necessary process, as it is quite simple. All you need to do in order to replace a lost fishing license in Florida is either purchase a duplicate online or in person at a local licensing vendor.

What saltwater fish species require special fishing tags?

There are a number of fish species in Florida which require you to obtain certain tags in order to fish for. The most important species that require you to get separate credentials in the state of Florida include spiny lobster, tarpon and snook.

How much does a saltwater fishing license cost?

Florida saltwater fishing license costs vary greatly based on factors such as residency and length of validity. For example, while resident saltwater fishing permits cost $17, non-resident permits cost $47. Furthermore, while a five-year resident saltwater fishing license costs $79, it costs a non-resident $30 to fish for saltwater species for a week. Lifetime saltwater-only fishing licenses are more expensive still, at a cost of $301.50 for applicants 13 years old and older. And combination lifetime hunting, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing permits are available for $1,001.50 for residents of the same age.

How can I fish for free?

While you do need to buy a fishing license in most instances if you are fishing in the state of Florida, there are certain times when you do not need to purchase fishing credentials. For instance, you do not need to get a fishing license in Florida on free fishing Florida days, which (for saltwater fishermen) typically take place in June, September and just after Thanksgiving. Two other instances when a fishing permit does not need to be purchased include if the fisherman applying is less than 16 years old and if he or she is at least 65 years of age.

Do I get a reduced price if I am a senior or a military member?

Members of the military do receive discounted prices on Florida military saltwater fishing licenses, namely on the Military Gold Sportsman's License. For $20, members of the military can engage in saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and hunting in Florida. But in order to obtain this documentation, the applicant must be either be a resident retired member of the military or an active-duty resident. Seniors, on the other hand, (age 65 or older) do not need to purchase specific senior citizen fishing licenses or even standard credentials in order to engage in the activity.

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