Buy Your 2018 Saltwater Fishing License Online!

If you fish in salt water and are between the ages of 16 and 65, chances are you’ll need to buy a marine fishing license (or “permit”). To make this easier, we’ve put together the following state-by-state list of 2018 marine fishing-license requirements, fees and quick links for purchasing a license online. Don’t worry, though: The process is somewhat less complicated than actually getting a fish to eat your lure or bait.

Maine

License Requirements

  • Anglers over the age of 16 who wish to fish in Maine’s marine waters out to 3 miles from shore, including the waters surrounding its offshore islands, must register annually with the state.
  • Permit expires December 31

Fee

  • $1 – $2 service fee

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Connecticut

License Requirements

  • Anyone age 16 or older fishing in the marine district of Connecticut or landing marine fish or bait species in Connecticut taken from offshore waters is required to have a saltwater license.
  • License expires December 31

Fees

  • $10 resident annual (age 16 to 65)
  • $5 resident 1-day
  • $15 non-resident annual (age 16 and older)
  • $8 non-resident 3-day
  • $10 armed forces members

(Note: all-waters hunting and fishing licenses are also available)

Exemptions

  • Residents age 65 and older (no fee, but must register annually)
  • Anglers possessing a saltwater permit from New York, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
  • Anglers fishing aboard a charter or party boat
  • Blind or intellectually challenged anglers are eligible for a free lifetime license, but must register with the state.
  • CT residents with the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb are eligible for a free lifetime license, but must register with the state.

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Massachusetts

License Requirements

  • A Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit is required to fish the marine waters of Massachusetts out to 3 miles from shore. Permit expires December 31.

Fee

  • $10 residents and non-residents.

Exemptions

  • Persons under 16 years of age.
  • Persons fishing on a charter or party boat.
  • Persons who possess a saltwater fishing license from Connecticut, Rhode Island or New Hampshire.
  • Persons who, regardless of age, otherwise meet the definition of a disabled person.
  • The permit fee is waived for anglers 60 and older; however, these individuals must still register with the state.

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Rhode Island

Fees

  • $7 per year residents
  • $10 per year non-residents
  • 5-day license: $5 residents and non-residents
  • License expires December 31

Exemptions

  • Persons over 65 years of age (must still register with state).
  • Persons under 16 years of age.
  • Persons holding a saltwater license from Massachusetts, New York, Maine and Connecticut.
  • Persons fishing on a charter or party boat.
  • Persons registered with the National Saltwater Angler Registry or holding a Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit.
  • Persons on leave from active military duty.
  • Persons who are blind or permanently disabled.

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New Hampshire

License Requirements

  • A New Hampshire Recreational Saltwater Fishing License is required for individuals age 16 and older participating in recreational saltwater fishing for finfish from coastal and estuarine waters of New Hampshire.
  • License expires December 31

Fee

  • $11 residents and non-residents

Exemptions

  • Anglers holding a saltwater license or permit from Maine or Massachusetts
  • Persons fishing from a licensed charter or party boat

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