"How much is a fishing license?" is a common question among New York fishermen. Finding an accurate
answer, however, depends upon a number of personalized factors. License cost is determined by:
- Ages of applicants.
- Anglers' residency status.
- License duration.
- Eligibility for specialty permits.
- What type of physical license anglers request (e.g. home-printed, retailer-printed or integrated).
Anglers must have been New York State residents for at least one year prior to application to receive
resident fishing license pricing. In some cases, non-resident students attending New York colleges and
universities full time may also be permitted to buy at resident rates.
Residents and non-residents alike can select from:
- Single-day passes.
- Week-long passes (valid for seven days).
- Annual passes.
These different types of permits range in cost from $5 to $50. In addition, residents can elect to buy
lifetime licenses. Lifetime license cost depends on the age of the buyer at the time of purchase.
Combination lifetime hunting and fishing licenses are also available to residents.
All New York State fishing permits are freshwater licenses. Instead of a saltwater fishing license,
state maintains a free registry that saltwater anglers must sign up for.
Free or reduced cost licenses may be available to anglers who:
- Are veterans or active military servicemembers.
- Disabled or legally blind.
- Seniors 70 years of age or older.
New anglers may also be interested in fishing preserve licenses, which allow landowners with stocked
ponds and their families to fish on their land without licenses.
Did you know? You can purchase an NYS fishing license for as little as one day or as long as a