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License ButtonBrought back by popular demand in 2014, this custom button is similar to the buttons offered by the Commission in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and in 1974 and 1975. As this re-introduced product has become very popular with anglers and collectors, we’ve compiled the following “Frequently Asked Questions” to provide detailed information about these license buttons.

Do I need to buy a Pennsylvania fishing license before purchasing a fishing license button?

Yes.  Fishing license buttons are only available to those who hold a valid annual, multi-year, or senior lifetime fishing license.  This includes all resident and non-resident class licenses.

Can I buy a license button if I already have a valid fishing license?

Yes.  A license button can be purchased when you buy your fishing license or any time while your fishing license is valid by visiting us online at, or at one of the 700 license issuing agents located throughout Pennsylvania.

Will Senior Lifetime License and Multi-year License holders receive a different button?

No. The license button is designed and issued on an annual basis and its design is universal for all eligible license types. Holders of multi-year or senior lifetime licenses will need to purchase a license button yearly.

What is the price?

The total price per license button is $11.97, including all transaction fees.

What is the size and how are the buttons manufactured?

Each custom button will measure 1 3/4 inches (same size as past vintage buttons) with a high-quality pin-back design.

Will my CID or Customer Identification Number be printed on the license button?

No. Beginning with the 2022 edition of the license button, a limited-edition production of the license buttons will be produced, and the license buttons will be sequentially numbered.

Where can I purchase a license button?

License buttons can be purchased online at the Commission’s secure e-commerce site,, or at one of the 700 license issuing agents located throughout Pennsylvania.

Delivery of all buttons purchased will occur within 4-6 weeks of when they are ordered.

Can I purchase additional buttons?

Yes, individuals possessing a valid, annual, multi-year or senior lifetime fishing license can purchase additional license buttons. Each license button purchased will be individually packaged and shipped. 

Do I need to display my license button while I’m fishing?

No. Beginning in 2020, the requirement to display a fishing license or license button was removed.

We still encourage anglers to display the license button. This allows a Waterways Conservation Officer to quickly and easily verify that anglers are legally licensed without inconveniencing them. Anglers must have the valid license in their possession along with another positive means of identification to establish their identity. A screen shot or electronic copy of your license stored on your device is acceptable.