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FISHING LICENSES
 
Fishing licenses are sold by license issuing agents through an electronic point-of-sale (POS) system. This system brings increased efficiency, more options, and easier upgrades for anglers. Internet fishing licenses are sold online at The Outdoor Shop.

A current license, signed in ink, is required of persons age 16 and over to fish or angle for any species of fish and to take fishbait, baitfish and species of amphibians and reptiles from Commonwealth waters by those legal methods described in the Pennsylvania Fishing Summary of Fishing Regualtions and Laws (Summary Book).

FISHING is defined as the act of angling, or to catch, take, kill or remove, or the attempt to catch, take, kill or remove, from any waters or other areas within or bordering this Commonwealth any fish by any means or method for any purpose whatsoever.

CASTING and/or RETRIEVING, whether by rod, reel and line, or by handline, for oneself or for others, requires a current license, unless specifically exempted by law. See “Assistance to Children” for specifics on when a license is required when assisting a child (12 years of age and under).

2014 FISHING LICENSES
Annual licenses are valid from December 1, 2013, through December 31, 2014. WHILE FISHING, your license must be signed in ink and must be displayed on an outer garment. In addition, anglers must be prepared to furnish positive proof of identification
Code Type of Fishing License or Permit Age Cost*
101 Resident (Annual) 16-64   $22.70
104 Senior Resident (Annual) 65 & up 11.70
105 Senior Resident (Lifetime) 65 & up 51.70
108 1-day Resident (not valid March 15-April 30) 16 & up 11.70
102 Non-resident (Annual) 16 & up 52.70
106 1-day Tourist** not valid March 15-April 30) 16 & up 26.70
103 3-day Tourist 16 & up 26.70
107 7-day Tourist 16 & up 34.70
150 Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 9.70
151 Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 9.70
152 Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 15.70
109 Mentored Youth Day Permit 15 & below $0.00
110 Voluntary Youth Fishing License 15 & below $2.70
135 Alternate Display Annual Fishing License Button*** All ages $5.00
* Includes issuing agent fee of $1.00 and $0.70 electronic processing fee.
**Includes Trout-Salmon and Lake Erie permits.
***This is an optional purchase that requires an initial purchase of a year-long fishing license in order to purchase. Valid Voluntary Youth Fishing License, Multi-Year fishing License and Senior Lifetime License holders are also eligible to purchase an annual button. Buttons can only be ordered through the Commission’s Outdoor Shop and from select PFBC locations and require a three-week processing from when order is submitted.
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3-YEAR & 5-YEAR FISHING LICENSES NOW AVAILABLE
2014 MULTI-YEAR FISHING LICENSES
WHILE FISHING, your license must be signed in ink and must be displayed on an outer garment. In addition, anglers must be prepared to furnish positive proof of identification
Code Type of Fishing License or Permit Age Cost*
030 3-Year Resident 16-64   $64.70
031 3-Year Non-Resident 65 & up 154.70
032 3-Year Senior Resident 65 & up 31.70
033 3-Year Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 25.70
034 3-Year Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 25.70
035 3-Year Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 43.70
050 5-Year Resident 16-64   $106.70
051 5-Year Non-Resident 65 & up 256.70
052 5-Year Senior Resident 65 & up 51.70
053 5-Year Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 41.70
054 5-Year Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 41.70
055 5-Year Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 71.70
140 1-Year Trout/Salmon Permit** 16 & up 9.70
141 1-Year Lake Erie Permit** 16 & up 9.70
142 1-Year Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit** 16 & up 15.70
* Includes issuing agent fee of $1.00 and $0.70 electronic processing fee.
** Applies only to multi-year licenses.
MULTI-YEAR FISHING LICENSES: A 3-year fishing license is valid through 2016 and a 5-year license is valid through 2018. Customers who buy multi-year licenses save money by not having to pay transaction and processing fees each year. For example, a customer who buys a 5-year license will save $6.80. Anglers can also purchase multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings or, starting December 1, 2013, purchase single year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits. To order and for more information on licenses, including receiving a free subscription to the digital version of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazine: www.GoneFishingPa.com.
MULTI-YEAR LICENSE UPGRADE CARDS: Starting December 1, 2013, anglers will be able to purchase a durable plastic card version of the multi-year license. This upgrade is available for $11.70. Complete form PFBC-L-167S and send to the address indicated. Forms are available from the Commission’s website at: www.fishandboat.com/forms_fishing.htm. Upgrades can also be purchased through either the PFBC Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.com) or from a license issuing agent.
Visit The Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase
Convenience • Savings • REWARDS with each purchase
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OBTAIN YOUR LICENSE
  1. at more than 900 license-issuing agents
  2. at county treasurers offices (listed with agents)
  3. at Fish & Boat Commission offices
  4. on the Internet at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com.

Lost Fishing License or Replacements - Replacement licenses include all permits or privileges previously purchased by the customer. The total cost for a replacement license and all previously purchased permits is $6.70. Customers may purchase additional permits.

You qualify for a RESIDENT fishing license if you are a bona fide resident of Pennsylvania. When purchasing a resident fishing license, you must show proof of permanent residency by presenting one of the following documents:

  1. valid PA driver’s license
  2. a valid non-driver photo identification card
  3. a previous year’s PA state income tax return showing proof of payment of personal income tax as a resident of PA
  4. a previous year’s local earned income tax return showing tax paid to a PA municipality
  5. a current PA voter registration card.

All issued resident fishing licenses will remain valid for the year or years for which they are issued, regardless of whether the license holder is no longer a bona fide Pennsylvania resident.

National Guard & Armed Forces Reserve licenses and Prisoner of War (POW) licenses are available only at Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and county treasurer offices.

National Guard & Armed Forces Reserve licenses are available to those persons who provide documentation that within the previous 24 months the person was deployed overseas as a member of the reserve component of the armed forces for a period of 60 consecutive days or more or was released early from service because of an injury or disease incurred in the line of duty.

Prisoner of War licenses are available to persons who provide military documentation stating the person is a former prisoner of war.

Senior resident and senior lifetime licenses are available to those persons at anytime during the year in which they will become age 65.

  • Persons who possess a Resident Senior Lifetime license dated before January 1, 1991, are not required to purchase a trout/salmon permit.
  • Resident Senior Lifetime license holders are required to purchase only one permit for a lifetime.

In the event the license holder is no longer a Pennsylvania resident, the license continues to be valid.

Senior Resident Lifetime License upgradeSenior Resident Lifetime License Upgrade - A durable plastic card version of the Senior Resident Lifetime license is available. This upgrade is available for $11.70. Complete form PFBC-L-166S and send to the address indicated. Upgrades can also be purchased through issuing agents.

Disabled Veterans Licenses – Any disabled veteran who has a disability incurred in any war or armed conflict that consists of the loss of one or more limbs or the loss of use of one or more limbs, or total blindness, or who is 100 percent disabled as certified by the United States Veterans Administration and is a resident of this Commonwealth may obtain a free resident fishing license upon application to the Commission or county treasurer.

Military personnel are required to purchase a fishing license. Those who are stationed in Pennsylvania under permanent change of station orders (PCS) for a duration of 6 months or more, who produce documentation proving same, qualify for a resident fishing license. All others must obtain a tourist or non-resident license.

Certain active duty military personnel are exempt from Pennsylvania’s fishing license requirement. To be eligible for the military waiver, an angler must:

  • be a bona fide Pennsylvania resident,
  • be on active duty,
  • be stationed outside Pennsylvania, and
  • be here on authorized leave.

While in the act of fishing, the military personnel must carry proof of each of these requirements, such as a PA driver’s license, a military ID and valid military orders showing the place of assignment and leave status.

Under the law, a qualifying soldier, sailor, airman or marine does not receive a free Pennsylvania fishing license. Instead, eligible active duty military personnel can legally fish without a license under the limited circumstances outlined in the law. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission recommends that anyone taking advantage of this provision display a military ID while in the act of fishing in much the same way as one would display a conventional fishing license.

The law does not exempt military personnel on leave from any other requirements of fishing or boating laws and regulations.

Students from out of state who are attending school in Pennsylvania but who have not become residents of Pennsylvania are NOT eligible to purchase a resident fishing license and must obtain a tourist or non-resident license.

Social Security Number Requirements - Since 1998, federal and state laws require purchasers of a Pennsylvania fishing license to provide their social security number when applying to purchase a fishing license.

Vouchers– A voucher may be purchased as a gift for another individual that can be redeemed for a license and/or stamp or privilege. A voucher may be redeemed at any issuing agent. The voucher is non-refundable and expires as noted. A voucher is not a fishing license and individuals using a voucher to fish are in violation of the Fish and Boat Code and may be subject to legal action. Individuals wishing to purchase vouchers for Christmas presents need to wait until December 1 of that year before purchasing a voucher.

One-day Tourist and One-day Resident License – One-Day Tourist and One-Day Resident licenses are not valid for fishing during the period from March 15th to April 30th of any year. One-Day Tourist or One-Day Resident licenses issued to be used on March 14 will expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 14 regardless of what time the license begins.

 
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