Licenses and fishing-related permits are valid from date of purchase to Dec. 31 of each year.
Ages 16–64 yrs.: $22.50
(Buddy License* $11.75)
Senior Resident Fishing
Ages 65–69 yrs:$12.50
70 & over: Free
Resident Trout Stamp
Ages 16–69 yrs.: $10.50
Age 16 yrs. and older: $34
(Buddy License* $17.50)
Non-resident Trout Stamp: $20
Non-resident 2-Day Vacation Fishing: $9
Non-resident 7-Day Vacation Fishing: $19.50
All-Around Sportsman (includes resident fishing, firearm hunting and bow/arrow hunting licenses): $72.25
(Buddy License* $62.50)
*See About This Guide for details about the new, money-saving Buddy Fishing License!
Available online or through license agents:
Boat Ramp Permit: $15
Available through the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries (908) 236-2118:
Water Lowering, Fish Stocking,
Baitfish Collecting, Fish Tagging: $2
Scientific Collecting: $22
Available through the Trenton Office (609) 984-0530:
Commercial Snapping Turtles and Frog Permits
Regulations in red are new this year.
A valid fishing license and trout stamp are both required to fish for or possess trout and salmon for all anglers (residents and non-residents) 16 and over, and residents under the age of 70. No trout stamp is required for residents age 70 years and over.
Purchasing a License
Licenses may be purchased by phone at (888) 773-8450, online at www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com or at license agents such as sporting goods stores plus bait and tackle shops. Visit our website at NJFishandWildlife.com for details, or call (609) 292-2965. The Trenton Fish and Wildlife office is no longer open to the public for license or permit sales.
Lost License or Stamp
A license, permit or stamp can be replaced at any license agent or online at Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site, www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com also linked through our regular website at NJFishandWildlife.com or by phone at (888) 773-8450.
Servicemen and Servicewomen
A person who is on active duty in the armed services of the United States is entitled to fish with a resident fishing license.
National Guard Members
Eligible National Guard personnel are entitled to free sporting licenses, permits and stamps. These privileges are not available using Fish and Wildlife’s website. However, the NJ Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs can issue fishing licenses through their DMAVA website at www.nj.gov/military/fishing_application.html. For all other free sporting licenses, call (609) 530-6866, e-mail or write to: MSG (Ret.) Robert Greco, NJ DMAVA, 101 Eggert Crossing Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Disabled Veterans Licenses, Stamps and Permits
Free hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and permits are available for resident disabled veterans.
For the purposes of this program, legislation defines disabled veterans as “…any resident of New Jersey who has been honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and who has been declared by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or its successor, to have a service-connected disability of any degree…”
New applicant disabled veterans may obtain their hunting and fishing licenses and stamps at the following Fish and Wildlife field offices:
Applications for disabled veteran certification and your first disabled veteran license may be made via the mail by sending the application and all required documentation to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Disabled Veteran Licensing,.MC 501-03, PO Box 420 Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.
All licenses, stamps and permits for which the veteran is eligible will be free of charge. This does not give preferential treatment in any lottery. For questions call (609) 984-6213.
Disabled Veteran Applicants:
For the Blind
Residents afflicted with total blindness may obtain a free license from Fish and Wildlife’s Trenton office. Call (609) 292-9530 for an application.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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