Obtaining Sporting Licenses

Bridge Street Pier

Manatee County requires its anglers and hunters to obtain the appropriate licensure. Recreational licenses and permits for residents and nonresidents are available at county tax collectors' offices. In addition, you can buy them from subagents, such as sporting goods stores or other retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment; on the Internet and by phone. All license, permit and issuance fees are subject to change by the legislature.

Children under the age of 16 do not require licensure. Seniors over the age of 65 possessing a valid Florida driver’s license or Florida voter’s registration card may obtain, at no cost, complimentary hunting and fishing certificates from county tax collectors' offices.

Lifetime licenses are available to Florida residents for hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing.

For additional information about hunting and fishing licensure and related regulations, contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission South Region office at 863/648-3203 or visit the commission’s website.