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  • Where can I buy a Pennsylvania state fishing license?

    There are two ways to purchase a Pennsylvania state fishing license.

    1. Online, at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's secure e-commerce site
    2. In person - visit a license issuing agent, about 700 located throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states
  • Do I need a license to fish in Pennsylvania?

    Yes. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is required of persons age 16 and over to fish or angle for any species of fish. The license must be upon your person and provided upon the request of an officer.

    A license is also needed to take fishbait or baitfish. Casting and/or retrieving whether by rod, reel and line, or by handline, for oneself or another person, requires a current license unless specifically exempted by law.

  • How much does a Pennsylvania state fishing license cost?

    In 2020, a 1-year fishing license costs $22.90 for state residents ages 16-64. Keep in mind that in Pennsylvania there are multiple types of license, voucher and permit options for anglers. Use the resources below to see a complete list of prices and license types available.

  • Can I save money by buying a 3, 5 or 10-year license?

    Yes. When you buy a multi-year license, you pay the cost of the issuing agent fee and the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing Service (PALS) processing fee in the first year only. You save money by not paying these fees for the subsequent years. You will save the same amount if you add a trout or combo permit. For example, if you buy a 3-year license, you will save $3.80. If you add a trout permit, you will save another $3.80 for a combined savings of $7.60.

    Also, when you buy a multi-year license, you become eligible to receive numerous rewards, including a free online subscription to our flagship publication, Pennsylvania Angler and Boater magazine, along with various offers from popular retailers, including fishing equipment and several discount coupons which can be used at sporting goods stores. Multi-year licenses are also convenient. When you buy a license for three or five years, you can focus more on fishing and not have to worry whether your license is current.

  • Where can I buy a Pennsylvania state fishing license or permit?
    Pennsylvania state fishing licenses and permits can be purchased a pair of ways:
    1. Buy online with a credit card.
    2. Buy at License Issuing Agents, County Treasurer offices, or Fish & Boat Commission offices.