Can I buy a fishing license at Walmart?

It’s a magnificent day outside and you have a few hours spare to go fishing. You have all the gear ready to go, just need a fishing license.

Thinking the easiest way to get a fishing license you “google”  if Walmart can supply fishing licenses.

You can buy a fishing license at Walmart. A one day license will cost you around $11, or an annual license will cost up to $40. Thankfully the process is straight forward, just head over to the Sport and Outdoors area (where the fishing gear is) and chat with a Walmart employee.

Is there a fishing license that covers all states?

Sadly no. To complicate things each state has established its own rules and regulations, and requirements to purchase a fishing license.

Therefore, permit costs to depend on a state by state your age, duration of permit (day or annual), freshwater or saltwater, and if you’re a resident or not.

However, some states share the same body of water and share the same license.

An example is Virginia and Maryland, where the fishing permit will be valid for both.

How much does a fishing license cost?

To help uncomplicated things I have reviewed the average price of fishing licenses;

  • Residents between the age of 16 to 65 –> $19
  • Residents between the age of 66 and above  –> $10
  • 24 hrs permit for both residents and non-residents –> $11
  • A year’s license for a non-resident –> $40
  • Tourist three-day permit –> $19
  • Re-issuance of a license in case of loss, destruction or theft –> $4
  • Veteran receive 20% discount on the cost of the license

Licenses for fishing in marine waters are different from fishing in freshwater. For each, you will need a valid fishing permit.

When I compare my Walmart license to buying the equivalent permit online through my state fisheries department there was no cost difference.

This tells me that Walmart is not profiteering from providing licenses.

They are happy to provide the service whilst purchasing fishing gear from them.

In some states a fishing license is not necessary for:

  • A person under 17 (in some states under 16 years old).
  • A person over 65 years old.
  • Veterans and disabled people

Walmart is not the only place that sells recreational fishing licenses. You can easily buy at sporting goods stores, many department stores, some discount shops, groceries, and many other similar locations.

The simpler way that only takes 5 minutes is to go online and purchase a license.

Do I need an ID to buy a fishing license?

In most states, teenagers don’t need a fishing license until they reach 16 or 17. By then they should have either a drivers license or learners permit.

The main reason for showing ID when purchasing a fishing license is to prove residency, so you can pay the lower resident rate.

To obtain a resident fishing permit, some states like Indiana require proof of residency in a fixed address for no less than 60 day period. Otherwise, you will need to buy a nonresident fishing permit.

can i buy a fishing license at walmart
Can I buy a fishing license at Walmart? The answer, yes you can

How do I obtain a fishing license online?

In the United States, it should only take 5 minutes. It’s just a matter typing “resident” (or “non-resident” if that’s the case) “fishing license” and “[name of state]” into a search engine.

It is usually pretty clear which result is the official licensing authority.

From there I enter basic information about myself and a driver’s license number.

I then carefully select any options that are pertinent to me. Am I buying a license for a period of less than a year or three months?

You have to be very careful because if you enter the wrong dates, you won’t be able to get a refund.

Next decision, am I fishing freshwater or marine or both. Also, make sure that your license covers all the species you are targeting.

Some states like New Jersey require a special stamp for trout. In Florida, the same is true for snook.

From there it’s just a matter of providing credit card details. Once processed your permit will be available for you to print off.

If you do print it off remember to sign your name on the permit.  in most states, a printed license must be signed in ink to be valid, or the licensee must produce an electronic copy of the license while fishing.

Final Thoughts

I find fishing is an affordable way to enjoy the outdoors, bond with nature and your family.

It can also be a great workout, for your muscles, stamina, and concentration especially if you’re trying to remain steady on a boat.

There’s nothing preventing you from getting out there and enjoying the outdoors fishing.

This can be done by buying a license from Walmart, goods stores, some department stores, and some discount shops, groceries. If you’re not want to leave home you can easily purchase online.

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