Pennsylvania State Fishing License

Pennsylvania State Fishing License
Pennsylvania regulations state that anyone fishing in the Keystone State must have a current license if he or she is 16 or older. The laws regarding fishing licenses cover a variety of angling scenarios in Pennsylvania.

Purchasing a License

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website states that you can get a license online, paying for it with a credit card. You also have the option to go to various licensing agents throughout the state, such as Fish and Boat Commission offices.

Time Frame

One-day resident licenses as well as one-day, three-day and seven-day tourist licenses are among the different kinds of license option for those who plan to fish in Pennsylvania for a limited time.


Residents from ages 16 to 64 may purchase a license good for the calendar year. Seniors 65 or older may purchase a one-year license or a lifetime license.


License fees are less for permanent residents than non-residents. The state defines a permanent resident as someone who has a "fixed intent" to come back to Pennsylvania when she leaves it or someone who keeps an enduring abode in the state.

Free Licenses

A disabled veteran qualifies for a free fishing license under Pennsylvania law as long as he is a resident and meets specific criteria. People with such disabilities as total blindness or extreme mental or physical limitations do not require a license to fish, nor do the people helping them fish.

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