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Buying Licenses

You can purchase a Georgia fishing license:

  • Online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.gofishgeorgia.com or www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.
  • In person at license dealers statewide including most WRD/CRD regional offices; state parks; marinas; major retailers; and sporting goods, bait and tackle, and hardware stores. A complete list of license agents can be found at gofishgeorgia.com.
  • By telephone at 800-366-2661, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. M–F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. S–S.

Notes: Social Security Number is required for the purchase of all licenses to meet requirements for Georgia Code 19-11-9.1(a.).

Who Needs a Fishing License

Anglers age 16 and older must have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in fresh or salt water in Georgia. Additionally, a free SIP is required to fish in saltwater. A temporary authorization number obtained by telephone or internet sale may be used for seven days until the paper copy is received or printed. Conservation Rangers may require photo identification when checking fishing licenses. Exception: A fishing license is not required to fish in private ponds (does not include ponds owned by governments—city, county, state, or federal) nor by a resident and their immediate family when fishing on their land. See definition of immediate family on 2019 Definitions.


  • Proof of residence, such as a Georgia driver’s license, is required to purchase a resident fishing license.
  • For purposes of buying a fishing license, RESIDENT means any person who has been domiciled within the State of Georgia (declared Georgia the only state of legal residence) for a period of at least three months. A valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia ID is required to show residency. Nonresident full time Georgia college students with a valid college ID living in Georgia, and active duty military personnel with a valid U.S. DOD Common Access Card with Uniformed Services affiliation and the dependents of such military personnel may obtain resident hunting and fishing licenses other than resident lifetime, disability and honorary licenses. Nonresident landowners must purchase a nonresident license.
  • Georgia resident military veterans that were on active duty for 90 or more consecutive days and who were honorably discharged on or after July 1, 2005 may obtain one annual Honorary Hunting and Fishing License free of charge. Such veterans may obtain this license by providing a copy of their DD Form 214 and a completed DNR application.
  • Senior Citizens: Georgia residents born on or before June 30, 1952 may obtain a Lifetime Sportsman’s License free of charge. An optional Lifetime Sportsman’s Plastic Card may be purchased for $10.
  • Discount Disability License: Georgia residents who are permanently and totally disabled may obtain a Discount Disability License. A qualifying disability is an impairment of a permanent and total nature and is certified as such by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Medicaid, Medicare or Railroad Retirement System.
  • Any resident who is totally blind may apply for a Lifetime Honorary Fishing License and must provide a Physician’s Certification of Blindness with the application.


  • Nonresidents 16 or older, regardless of physical condition, must have a valid nonresident Georgia fishing license to fish in Georgia freshwater and saltwater, except in private ponds. See also Agreements for Bordering States.
  • Nonresidents under 16 do not require a fishing license or trout license.

Lands Pass

Any person age 16 and older, entering a WMA or PFA must have a valid license to hunt or fish or a Lands Pass (exclusions apply, visit georgiawildlife.com/LandAccess). Designated fee areas are marked with a sign at the site or area entrance.

Reciprocal Agreements for Bordering States

Georgia DNR has Agreements with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina allowing holders of Georgia fishing licenses to fish in the waters covered without obtaining a fishing license from the bordering state. See Agreements with Bordering States.

Mountain Trout Licenses

  • All resident anglers ages 16 and older must have a trout license and Georgia fishing license to fish in designated mountain trout waters and to fish for or to possess trout. See Trout Fishing for Waters Creek special regulations.
  • Lifetime Sportsman’s, Sportsman’s, Honorary (free), and Discount Disability licenses include the trout fishing privilege.
  • Landowners and their immediate families may fish on their premises without a trout license.
  • All nonresident anglers, 16 or older, regardless of physical condition, must possess a nonresident fishing license and nonresident trout license to fish for or possess trout or to fish in designated trout waters.
  • State park visitors are not required to have a trout license to fish in the impounded waters of the Park. However, those visitors wishing to harvest mountain trout will need to have a trout license in their possession.
  • See Public Fishing Areas.

Youth Sportsman’s License

$70 value for only $15

  • This $15 multi-year license is for resident anglers age 15 and younger.
  • This license includes a fishing, hunting and big game license and is good until the angler’s 17th birthday.
  • A free plastic fishing license is also included with the order!


Discover Fishing on Georgia’s Free Fishing Days!

June 1, 2019, June 8, 2019 and September 28, 2019

  • No fishing license, trout license or Lands Pass (WMAs/PFAs) required to fish.
  • All waters of the state
  • Must be a Georgia resident
  • Does not include fees at private lakes
  • All other Fishing Regulations apply