How Do I Get an Ohio Fishing License?

How Do I Get an Ohio Fishing License?
Unless you fall under certain circumstances, all anglers living within the state of Ohio or those visiting, need an Ohio fishing license before dipping their lines into the water. If you are younger than 16 years old, in the military, have a physical disability, are 66 or older, or fish in privately owned ponds and water areas, you do not need a license. For everyone else, the state offers various options for purchasing a fishing license. You do not even have to leave home to get one.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • License vendor
  • Driver's license
  • Social security number
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Internet Explorer
  • Netscape
  • Phone
Step 1
Decide which type of fishing license you require before purchasing one. Resident and one-day licenses are for Ohio residents 16 to 65 years old who have resided within the state for at least six months, as well as for senior resident licenses. Visitors to the state can opt for three-day non-resident or an annual fishing license.
Step 2
Visit a participating vendor who sells Ohio fishing licenses, bringing required documentation, which is a driver's license and social security number. Various bait, grocery, hardware, outdoor and grocery stores sell them. Visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website to check for a participating vendor in your particular county. (See Resources.)
Step 3
Purchase a fishing license online at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. Purchasing a fishing license online requires a social security number, driver's license and printer. Your computer requires Internet Explorer or Netscape to access the licensing application page.
Step 4
Order an application through the mail by calling the Ohio Division of Wildlife Licensing Sales Site at 800-945-3543 or 614-265-6300. (See Resources.) You will be mailed an application that you fill out and mail back. You then receive your fishing license in the mail. Allow enough time before your trip to choose this option.
Step 5
Purchase a duplicate fishing license if yours is lost or stolen, by visiting a fishing license vendor in person, online or through the mail by requesting an application.

Tips & Warnings

If anglers purchase a one-day license and then decide to purchase an annual fishing license, they receive a purchasing credit deducted from the cost of the annual license, excluding writing fees.
Ohio offers free fishing days throughout the year when no fishing license is required.
Anyone assisting a disabled person and using only one fishing rod is exempt from having a fishing license.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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