Maryland fishing licenses can be purchased by phone, by mail or in person from sport license agents. The most convenient method is to purchase a license online, as it is immediate and can be done any time.
- Gather all the needed information
Fishing licenses don't require a lot of personal information, but there are a few mandatory items to make sure you have on hand before applying. Your social security number, Maryland driver's license (or state photo identification) number and a digital signature file are all needed to complete the online application. You also need a valid email address and access to a printer for immediate digital access to the license.
- Create an account at the state Compass portal
If you don't already have a Maryland Compass account, you need to complete a five-step enrollment process. If you've purchased a license in previous years, but not through Compass, you can log in using your date of birth and either the previous license number or your driver's license number.
- Complete the online application
Non-tidal licenses for the entirety of the current year are $20.50 for state residents. Seven-day non-tidal licenses are $7.50. Trout stamps are $5.00 for residents. Once the application is complete and the license is paid for, a PDF image of the license will be delivered within 30 minutes if a valid email address was provided.