Can you get a fishing license at Walmart?
Prior to online services, Walmart was the place to go for fishing licenses. It’s still a great option, especially given its selection of must-haves like sunscreen, coolers, lures, and line.
If you want to better understand the process and make it as smooth as possible, keep reading!
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Getting a Fishing License at Walmart
Each state sets its own prices for in-state and out-of-state fishing licenses. And in states that offer both fresh and saltwater options, you’ll need to select the one that meets your needs (or both!).
Typically, in-state annual fishing licenses are pretty affordable, but non-residents will pay a bit more.
For instance, here is a basic run-down of Florida’s 2022 saltwater license fees:
Resident Annual: $17.00
Resident Five-Year: $79.00
Non-Resident Annual: $47.00
Non-Resident 3-Day: $17.00
Non-Resident 7-Day: $30.00
As you can see, residents pay far less than non-residents.
Of course, each state is different, both in regard to its specific pricing as well as the types of licenses available, but the general pattern is that non-resident licenses are more expensive.
It’s best to know which license you need when you arrive at Walmart rather than rely on the salesman to figure that out for you.
What You Will Need to Purchase a Fishing License At Walmart
To purchase your license at Walmart, you'll need a valid photo I.D. that displays your address. A driver’s license is typically the easiest way to go here, but other forms of identification are acceptable.
When in doubt, it’s worth giving the Sporting Goods department at Walmart a call, and they can tell you whether your I.D. will allow you to get a license.
Be aware that Walmart will charge a minimal fee - typically .50 - to issue your license.
Simply go to Sporting Goods, during more or less normal business hours when the full staff will be present, and bring your I.D. and a credit card or cash.
Trained staff in Sporting Goods will take down the necessary information, and in no time, you’ll have the license you need.
But be aware that Sporting Goods may not be fully staffed late at night or early in the morning, and unless someone is present who has been trained to issue licenses, you won’t be able to get one.