How Do You Get a Delaware Fishing License?


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Delaware provides the option of paying for a fishing license on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's official website. The DNREC's Dover Office and more than 100 license agents also offer fishing licenses as of 2015.

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To obtain a Delaware fishing license online, visit DNREC.Delaware.gov, click Licenses, click Fishing Licenses, and then select Hunting/Fishing Licenses. Click Hunting/Fishing Licenses again on the subsequent Web page, and follow the prompts. Check any boxes that apply, such as Resident Fishing or Non-Resident Fishing, and then select View Cart and Checkout. Trout stamps and boat fishing licenses can also be purchased simultaneously on the same Web page.

To find a list of Delaware fishing license agents, click Hunting and Fishing on DNREC.Delaware.gov, click Licenses, Permits and Registrations, click Recreational Licenses and Permits, and then select Purchase a License in Person. The list includes names of agents, their cities of location and phone numbers. K-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority are three such license agents located in Wilmington.

Delaware requires residents between the ages of 16 and 64 to have a license to fish in non-tidal waters. Every member of a group that fishes together must have his own license, or purchase a single-boat fishing license, which allows guests on a boat to fish without having to purchase individual licenses. Licenses expire annually and cost approximately $8.50 for residents and $20 for non-residents.

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