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Can I reprint my CA fishing license?

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Asked by: Erin Morgan

Q: How do I replace a lost or destroyed fishing license? A: Go to any License Agent or CDFW License Sales Office and pay the appropriate fee for a duplicate sport fishing license. A small fee is charged for each duplicate validation.

Can I have my California fishing license on my phone?

Big news in the California fishing community was just announced! Assembly Bill No. 817 now authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue (the option for) a 365 day fishing license as well as an option for a digital fishing license (displayed via your mobile device).

How much does it cost to replace a lost fishing license in California?

Replacing Lost Licenses
You can get a replacement online and in CDFW license sales offices. Duplicate Sport Fishing Licenses cost $11.88, while replacement Ocean Enhancement and Second Rod Validations are $3.24. Replacement Sturgeon Report Cards are only available in CDFW license sales offices, and cost $16.74.

At what age do you no longer need a fishing license in California?

Answer: A child or young adult 15 years of age or younger does not need a fishing license to catch their own limit of fish. They also do not need to put their catches under an adult guardian’s license limit. All of the same regulations apply for them except the requirement to purchase a fishing license.

How do I get a lifetime fishing license in California?

You can buy a lifetime license from any CDFW License sales office. You can also purchase a lifetime license from CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch by fax or through the mail. Mail applications to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, License and Revenue Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090.

What happens if you lose your California fishing license?

Q: How do I replace a lost Reduced-Fee or Free Sport Fishing License? A: You can go to any License Agent or CDFW License Sales Office and purchase a duplicate sport fishing license, or you can purchase a duplicate through the Online License Service. A small fee is charged for each duplicate validation.

Can you fish with 2 rods in California?

Yes, as long as you are actively using no more than two rods at any one time.

How can I get a free fishing license in California?

Free sport fishing licenses in California are available to: Low Income Native Americans. Mobility Impaired, Blind or Developmentally Disabled Individuals.
These include:

  1. Disabled Veterans.
  2. Recovering Service Members.
  3. Low Income Seniors.

How much is a California fishing license for 2022?


Starting Saturday all fishermen in California are required to have a 2022 fishing license. The basic license will cost $54 in 2022 and that doesn’t include $17.02 for a second-rod stamp.

Do veterans get free fishing license in California?

Fish and Game Code, Section 7151, authorizes the CDFW to issue Free Sport Fishing Licenses to anglers who meet specific criteria. Additional validations or cards are required for certain species and areas and must be purchased at the regular fee.

Do you need a fishing license in California for catch and release?

A: This question comes up often. Anyone 16 years and older must have a fishing license to take any kind of fish, mollusk, invertebrate or crustacean in California, except for persons angling from a public pier for non-commercial purposes in ocean or bay waters.

How much is a fishing license for a disabled person in California?

A free fishing license is available for any person who is developmentally disabled, pursuant to Section 7151(a)(3) of California Fish and Game Code.