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License Requirements

BUYING LICENSES

Resident Georgia fishing licenses are available throughout the state from approximately 1,800 license dealers in many sporting goods stores, marinas, bait and tackle stores, hardware stores, etc. Most license dealers also sell nonresident licenses.

All licenses may be purchased in person or by mail from the Department of Natural Resources, License Unit, 2189 Northlake Parkway, Suite 108, Bldg. 10, Tucker, Georgia 30084 or at Department Law Enforcement offices. Orders by mail must include the applicant's name, address, date of birth, weight and height with the proper payment.

RESIDENTS:

NOTE: Proof of residence, such as a Georgia driver's license, is required when purchasing a fishing license.

Resident anglers, 16 years of age or older, are required to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in the freshwater of Georgia, EXCEPT: a fishing license is not required when fishing in a private pond. This does not include ponds owned by governments (city, county, Federal or the State of Georgia).

Residents 65 years of age or older possessing a Senior Citizen's Honorary Combination Hunting & Fishing License may fish the freshwater of Georgia without obtaining any other stamps (trout or WMA). This license can be obtained from most license dealers by furnishing proof of age (driver's license or birth certificate). Residents that are permanently and totally disabled may obtain a Disability Honorary Combination Hunting & Fishing License by applying to the License Unit (see address under Buying Licenses). Proof of age or disability must accompany the application. Certification of disability may come from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Admin., Rail

road Retirement System or another government agency. If unable to obtain certification from any of these agencies please contact the License Unit (see address under Buying Licenses).

Persons that are blind can apply for a lifetime Honorary Fishing License and must provide a Physician's certification of blindness with the application.

NONRESIDENTS:

Nonresidents 16 years of age or older, regardless of physical condition, must have a valid nonresident Georgia fishing license to fish in the freshwater of Georgia, EXCEPT: a fishing license is not required when fishing in a private pond. This does not include ponds owned by governments (city, county, Federal or the State of Georgia).

Florida Resident Senior Hunting & Fishing Certificate holders - see Reciprocal Agreement with Florida on pg. 6.

the state may purchase a resident fishing license. A current and valid student identification must be shown when purchasing a resident fishing license.

Military persons on active status stationed at a military base in Georgia and their immediate family members may purchase a resident fishing license. A current and valid military I.D. must be shown when purchasing a resident fishing license.

Any violation of Georgia fishing laws or regulations can cause revocation of license.

TROUT STAMP

All resident anglers between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a trout stamp attached to a valid Georgia fishing license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or to possess trout.

Resident honorary license holders are not required to have a trout stamp.

Landowners and their immediate families may fish without a trout stamp on their own property.

All nonresident anglers, regardless of age or physical condition, must possess a nonresident fishing license and nonresident trout stamp to fish for or possess trout or to fish in designated trout waters.

Florida Resident Senior Hunting & Fishing Certificate holders must possess a nonresident trout stamp to fish for or possess trout or to fish in designated trout waters.

STATE PARK VISITORS are not required to have a trout stamp to fish in the impounded waters of the park.


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