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License Type Resident Prices Non-Resident Prices
5 day Fresh/Salt $39.50 $31.00
Annual $23.00 $71.00 (fresh/salt)
2 Year (fresh) $44.00 N/A
3 Year (fresh) $65.00 N/A
4 Year (fresh) $86.00 N/A

Virginia is one of the most stories states in the nation. But there is more to see than Southern landscaping and colonial houses. Virginia is home to plenty of fishing opportunities, both fresh and salt.

There are many fishing licenses in Virginia, so we've chosen the most applicable licenses for most people. Privilege licenses and other specialty fishing licenses may be required depending on the type of fishing you do.

If you’re concerned that you might need an additional license, or are interested in learning about the discounts available for Seniors, military service members, and disabled individuals in the state, take a look at their more detailed fees page, here.

Residency in Virginia requires at least 2 months of living in the state as your primary residence before purchasing the license with an affidavit of residency. Otherwise, 6 months is required. Voting in Virginia can also be used as proof of residency. 

Residents under 16 years old are not required to have a Virginia fishing license. They are required to follow all other regulations for fishing. It’s interesting, however, that youth anglers under age 16 do not have to have the trout stamp required for other trout anglers.

Native individuals with a valid Tribesman identification are not required to purchase a freshwater fishing license in the state of Virginia.

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