How to Get Virginia Fishing License

Virginia Fishing License Information and Fees

Virginia is a fishing paradise and it offers excellent angling opportunities. Over 176,000 acres of public lakes and 27,300 miles fishable streams, Virginia provides everything that a freshwater angler would die to get.

How to Get Virginia Fishing License & Fees

Do I Need A Fishing License in Virginia

Every person who is required to have a license to fish must carry such license with them (electronic copy, printed paper, or annual hard card) at all times.

Resident or nonresident landowners and their families.
Under 16 years of age.
Tenants, on the land they rent and occupy.
Legally blind persons.
Natives who reside on an Indian reservation or a member of the Virginia-recognized tribes.
Persons 65 years of age no need saltwater license

Where to Get a Virginia Fishing License
You can purchase it online at
In Person: sold by hundreds of license agents around the state.
By Phone: (804) 367-1000 during regular business hours.

Virginia Fishing License Fees
You will have to pay some fees for both freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing in Virginia. The licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

County/City Resident Freshwater Fishing
(For county or city of residence only)

Resident State Freshwater Fishing License
$23.00 (for 1 year)

Resident State Fresh/Saltwater Fishing

Resident Saltwater Fishing License

If you are visiting Virginia and want to have to some fishing fun

Nonresident Freshwater Fishing
1 Day: $8.00 5 Day: $21.00

10-Day Saltwater Fishing License $10.00

Tidal Boat License
The tidal boat license is available to any boat owner, resident and nonresident. The license is a special combined sportfishing license that gives the boat owner a license to fish in saltwater and freshwater within Virginia.


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