License Fees

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing License Fees

Annual Licenses

Resident Sport Fishing License


Non-Resident Sport Fishing License


Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License


Short-Term Licenses

One-Day Sport Fishing License (resident or nonresident)


Two-Day Sport Fishing License* (resident or nonresident)


Ten-Day Non-Resident Sport Fishing License**


Report Cards and Validations

Sport Ocean Enhancement Validation


Spiny Lobster Report Card


Spiny Lobster Report Card Non-Reporting Fee


Sturgeon Fishing Report Card


Other Permits

Declaration for Multi-day Fishing Trip


Duplicate Fees

Sport Fishing License (Annual)


Sport Ocean Enhancement Validation


Sturgeon Fishing Replacement Card (available at CDFW license sales offices only)


Lifetime Sport Fishing Licenses

Age 9 years or younger


Age 10 to 39 years


Age 40 to 61 years


Age 62 years or older


Additional Lifetime Fishing Privileges
(includes: Ocean Enhancement Validation and three items that apply only to inland freshwater fishing: Second Rod Validation, North Coast Salmon Report Card, and Steelhead Report Card)


CDFW Offices No Longer Accept Cash

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not accept cash at the License and Revenue Branch and regional license offices. Checks, money orders, or any debit or credit card with the Visa or Mastercard logo are accepted. Cash transactions are available for all items sold at authorized local sales agents. Search for a license agent near you at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales/OutletSearch/FindOutlet.