Who is exempt from a Florida fishing license?

If you’re planning on heading out on the water in Florida and hoping to fish, you’ll likely need a fishing license. But did you know that there are certain exemptions for who does and doesn’t need a license? Here’s a guide to.

Florida residents over 65 years old

For Florida residents over 65 years old, a fishing license is not required. However, you must carry proof of age and residency with you while fishing.

Military personnel

Active duty military personnel who are Florida residents or stationed in Florida are exempt from fishing license requirements while engaged in fishing activities. Family members who reside with them are also exempt.

Disabled persons

Florida residents who are totally and permanently disabled and are fishing from land or a pier are exempt from fishing license requirements. However, they must carry proof of disability and residency with them while fishing.

Fishing from a licensed pier

If you’re fishing from a pier that has a valid pier license, you don’t need a fishing license. However, if you plan on fishing from shore or a boat near the pier, you’ll need a fishing license.

Charter boats and headboats

If you’re fishing on a charter boat or headboat (a boat that charges a fee per person for the fishing trip), you don’t need a fishing license. The license held by the boat covers all passengers.

Fishing during free fishing days

Florida offers free fishing days several times per year. During these days, anyone can fish without a license.

From freshwater to saltwater, Florida’s waters offer incredible fishing opportunities for residents and visitors alike. But it’s important to know the rules and regulations surrounding fishing licenses and exemptions. By understanding, you can enjoy a hassle-free day on the water.

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